The Washington Post highlights AIER’s rankings of best college towns and best post-college destinations in a prominent article this week. Author Jeffrey Selingo, former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, writes about the factors that go into a student’s decision about where to go to college, and finds that the location matters a lot.
The value of a higher education, he writes, is increasingly tied to off-campus activities like internships, volunteer work, research projects and study abroad.
With that in mind, “students either need to travel or go to a school in a place that has a strong and diverse economy offering a multitude of options for experiential learning. This is a big reason why many of the colleges and universities that have improved their reputations dramatically in the past several decades are in cities: the University of Southern California, Boston University and Northeastern, New York University, Miami University, and American and George Washington universities,” he writes.