College Values Online offers practical guidance rooted in careful research and informed by over 20 years of experience in college selection. We rank schools and programs, highlight features of the college experience, and provide career information from the angle of value in order to propel you towards the completion of a degree that is truly worth the investment. Our researchers interact with multiple data sources like College Navigator, Forbes, Kiplinger, US News & World Report, and Princeton Review, saving you valuable time now, and money later.
College Values Online Research Editors
Brenda Rufener is a technical writer, education researcher, and author of two acclaimed novels published with Harper Collins. Brenda’s books have been translated into multiple languages and discussed in BBC News, Bustle, USA Today, and more.
When not writing, Brenda enjoys hiking the woods of North Carolina and spending time with her family.
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As a research editor for College Values Online, Jamie Davidson enjoys highlighting quality colleges to give potential students a glance at their future schools.
When she’s not writing, Jamie is spending time with her husband and eight kids. She loves to run and spend time near water.
You Want Long-term Value
We profile schools and programs in such a way that will encourage you to consider the long-term implications of your school choice, both financial and career. Reading headlines such as College Tuition in the U.S. Again Rises Faster Than Inflation (Bloomberg) and How the $1.2 Trillion Debt Crisis Is Crippling Students, Parents, And The Economy (Forbes), you have realized how important it is to calculate not only tuition costs, financial aid, and return on investment, but also the enduring quality of the education a particular program offers by virtue of its faculty, curriculum, and internship experiences.
You Want Short-term Value, Too
But you have short-term goals as well, and College Values Online can help you materialize those, too. If you will be a traditional college student, these objectives may include a terrific social experience, a pleasant campus, interesting natural or cultural surroundings, and numerous intangible factors that contribute to the growth of your personality and character. If you are a non-traditional student, these shorter-term goals might include balancing work, family, and education. That’s why College Values Online offers feature articles on the college experience, as well as a reference section to help you start and develop your career.