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Selecting a College- Engagement Matters: A College Planning Checklist

The Gallup-Purdue Index, a recent survey of 30,000 U.S. college graduates, found that those who have achieved great jobs and great lives were more likely to be personally engaged with  a faculty member, have participated in an internship, been involved in extracurricular activities and have graduated with minimal student debt.

These findings held true regardless of the type of four-year institution — public or private non-profit college; a highly selective institution or a less selective institution; or a top 100-ranked school in U.S. News & World Report vs. other schools. As you visit schools in search of the right fit, take these questions along, expect answers, and make an informed choice that will lead to a great job and a great life. Remember: This is only the first step. Students who actively engage in their college experience are more likely to see a return on their investment.

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