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Monday, November 26, 2007

Taylor University is #1

This is a pretty biased statement since I am an alum of Taylor (2003), but it is supported by fact as well.

I recently received a letter seeking a donation, which is another topic.  Taylor has pretty good alumni giving rates and a pretty good advancement department.  But I digress.

The letter has some facts (also found in this news release) that prove that Taylor is

  • the best university, and
  • worth the $$$ of tuition (which is now probably over $100,000 for 4 years).

These stats won't convince my wife to give Taylor any praise (she went to a local rival school) but I'm happy to spread the good word about my alma mater.

  • Taylor was ranked #1 by US News & World Report in the Midwest category of Baccalaureate Colleges. Highlighted areas include:
        • Ability to attract and retain some of the brightest students,
        • High graduation rate, and
        • High rates of Alumni loyalty (based on Alumni giving).
  • Taylor was ranked #2 for best value in the Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges. 
  • Taylor was mentioned in the Top 24 of a national grouping based on strong study-abroad programs.  Other colleges included Georgetown, NYU, and Dartmouth (last year Taylor had almost 400 students in 31 countries).

My wife and I have been talking a lot lately about the cost of our education and the debt-burden that we now face.  Was it worth it for us to attend private schools? Was it worth the loans and "bondage" we are now in?? I would say, Yes and No. 

Education is a priceless piece of your life and directly impacts your career and basically your whole future.  We are both frustrated at the many people (mostly women) who were able to go to these schools just to get their "Mrs. Degree." Would tuition be more or less expensive without them? Who knows!

I don't regret my decision and neither does she.  At a private Christian school you get so much more than book-learning.  You get the deep fellowship of living within a community of believers.  There is a bubble that gets created around any college, even more so at a small school in the middle of a corn field! But the bubble can be burst by being active in community activities.  I had lots of discussions with my family about the virtue of attending a private school versus a public school. 

Ultimately, I wanted to have an education that was rooted in faith.  God provided the opportunity to attend Taylor and it was and is a sacrifice worth making!

Learn more about the great educational opportunities at Taylor.  This was not a paid advertisement!

 

1 comment:

Joe said...

Taylor sounds a lot like Mount Vernon. Probably a bit bigger and more established. I think a lot has to do with what you put in as a student. At a small school with rules that attempt t keep students focused on academics and spiritual growth, community and service can help you grow in leaps and bounds. It's helped me in my maturation as a student, and my understanding that I have to care enough, and the harder I make it on myself the more I'm going to learn, and change from the experience.

Good thoughts.