By Hayley Goldblatt Posted May 30, 2012
As the last days of high school trickle by, seniors are starting to think about where to go for higher education. Some students will choose to stay in-state or will go to GBC to stay close to home, while others will find their way to the booming metropolises of Boise, San Francisco, and others across the western United States.
According to “US News” most of the best colleges for this year are on the East Coast, including Duke, Harvard, and Yale. Out of the top ten, Cal Tech and Stanford were the only ones on the West Coast, with both of them tying for fifth. The rankings are based on factors such as the financial resources provided to the students, acceptance rate and graduation rate.
Harvard’s, ranked number one by “US News”, the acceptance rate is about seven percent, and the six-year graduation rate is about 97%, while Princeton, also ranked number one, has an acceptance rate of nine percent and a six-year graduation percentage of 96.
These factors, along with others, are why both of these schools are ranked number one in the nation. With tuition prices also on the rise, parents also have to look at how much they will have to pay to send their child to college. For BYU- Provo, it is about 4,500 dollars to attend and for University of California- Berkeley, it’s about $ 11,000 for in-state and $ 34,000 out-of-state. For Harvard, it is about $39,849 to attend one of the top schools in the nation for a year. Now for Princeton on the other hand, it is about $2,000 less than Harvard, making it about $37,000 to spend a year at the other top school.