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The Questions University Admissions Donít Want You To Ask

When it comes to college, you don't always get what you pay for -- and it can be expensive. But, if you know what to look for, you could avoid wasting money.

Often, students are misled by slipshod ranking systems and they will overpay for degrees.

We understand the financial burdens associated with higher education, so we wanted to try to make sure every student attends the best college for them,” Joe Schmoke says.

Smoke is a former university president turned entrepreneur who realized that there are many flaws in the college selection process, so he created University Research and Review to help fix them.

Visitors to urandr.org take an online survey that asks them questions like:

Would you rather design, build, or fly a model airplane?

Would you rather live in a big city/suburb/small town?

But, when you're done with the survey, you don't get an evaluation right away. Rather, the results are evaluated invidivually by one of URR's advisors -- a real human being with many years of experience who analyzes your likes and dislikes. The advisor then generates a personalized report that tells you what you should major in and what schools you probably would like -- as well as what career path you should not take.

URR will narrow down college choices to five out of thousands, so how do you know you're choosing the right one? Following are Schmoke's five red flags you may be looking at the wrong college:

1. Schools charge just to fill out applications

Colleges try to increase the amount of applicants to make money off of applications fees. It also makes the university appear to be more selective, which may help schools rise in standings. 

2. Students that default on their loans

Students fail to recognize a buyer’s market when selecting a college and costs don’t always equate to value. Students may be defaulting on loans because, although it is a student’s responsibility to actively search for work, the university may not be offering sufficient resources for job placement. (Tip: Look up the school’s Cohort Default Rate (measure of default rates by school)

3. Decrease Rate of Enrollment

This may show prospective students are overwhelmed by cost or caliber of education at that particular university.

4. Schools in Financial Trouble

Some schools accept a high percentage of applicants just for the money.

5. Low Graduation Rates

A good graduation rate for a school is about 60%. Some colleges are more concerned with admitting students rather than graduating them.