By Curt Coulombe
Ah, that famous quip from James Carville, the political strategist for President Clinton:“It is the economy stupid!” The point was that Americans tend to vote with their pocketbooks, and their perception of the economy really matters. When I ask some soon-to-be-college students how they ended up selecting their place of study for the next 4 years, the looks on their faces makes me feel as if they want to say “It is the football program, stupid!”
Some of the responses I receive include, but are not limited to:
-That is where my parents went to school
-That is where my girlfriend/boyfriend went
-I got the HOPE scholarship Some of these are great reasons, some not so great.
Picking a college or university to study at for 4 years is no small decision. Some of the factors that need to be considered are:
-NET cost vs GROSS cost
-field of study
-size of campus
There are so many factors that go into deciding on a university or college -- it is important you consider all them -- some more than others. It is no accident that college football coach’s salaries are in the stratosphere-it is some of the best advertising they can get. Let’s not let the success of the football program get too high on the list, unless of course they are giving you a fat athletic scholarship.
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