why choose huntington university for graduate school?
When a person types “graduate school” into a Google search bar, more
than 190 million hits occur. 190 million! Needless to say, there are
numerous options for those considering an advanced degree. With so
many possibilities from which to choose, you may be feeling overwhelmed.
So how do you begin to narrow the search? Questions related to academic
quality, program costs, convenience of the class schedule and the
post-graduate employment potential can really help you pare down your
Top 5 Questions to Consider When Choosing a Graduate School:
Does the university have a reputation for providing a quality education?
Because the answer to this question is almost always "Why, yes!" when
talking to university personnel, you may need to dig a
little deeper. Each year, schools are rated by outside organizations to
determine how they stack up against other universities. Rankings are
often based on aspects such as student-to-faculty ratio, cost, academic
reputation, experiential learning opportunities, student satisfaction
and so on. Be sure to look for a school that receives high marks from
multiple agencies, as this will show a general well-roundedness. For
example, Huntington University has been ranked as one of the top schools
in the country by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, and Princeton
Review. Also, don't forget to check out the university's
regional accreditation status. The most widely respected general
accrediting body for colleges and universities is The Higher Learning
Commission. This information should be available on the university's
website or in its academic catalog. Here is an example of what to look for .
Are the faculty members recognized as experts within their field of study?
important to know the academic background of the faculty under which
you will be studying. If you plan to pursue a degree in a practitioner's
field (e.g. counseling, youth ministry, education), be sure that the
faculty have practical experience to go along with their academic
degrees. You may also want to ask about the size of the program you are
considering. Will you actually get to interact with the faculty, or will
you be one of 200 people in the program? This may vary significantly
from school to school, especially if you are considering a larger state
school and a smaller private christian university.
Does the cost of the program fit your budget?
truth is, financial aid options for graduate schools in the U.S. vary
widely. Some base scholarships on merit, others on service, others on
financial need or a combination thereof. Some offer graduate
assistantships which allow the student to work for the university while
receiving a discounted tuition. Depending on the degree program you are
considering, you may even come across loan forgiveness opportunities. Be
sure to fully research the cost of the programs and compare financial
Is the program offered online, in-class, or in a hybrid format?
on the type of program you are considering, online, in-class, and
hybrid formats may Convenience is the word I hear most from prospective
students. A graduate program needs to fit your schedule. Some may be
more attracted to the traditional classroom setting. Others may prefer a
completely online program, while still others are drawn to the hybrid
options that are available. Be sure to examine all the options.
What is your gut telling you?
In other words,
consider the overall fit. If you will be on campus for any portion of
your program, schedule a campus visit. Many graduate schools host
visitation days or schedule personalized visits throughout the week. If
it is strictly an online program you are considering, be sure you are
receiving excellent customer service. One potential drawback about
online instruction is the lack of person-to-person interaction. So,
receiving the personal connection prior to starting is key.
How does Huntington University answer these questions?
For information on what Huntington University Graduate School has to
offer, feel free to explore our website. You may want to start with our
main page and refine your search from there: www.huntington.edu/graduate/. Be
sure to meet our faculty, review our distinctives, and read through
the FAQs. Becca Cline, graduate admissions counselor, is also available to
help you with any questions that you have. Please contact her at
260-359-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!