11 Colleges Even Its Alumni Wouldn't Recommend

Some decisions are better made on your own. Similar to Albert Einstein, Warren Buffett has spoken candidly about the importance of sitting quietly in a room, contemplating decisions.

Other decisions, however, could use some friendly guidance.

Consider how you choose your doctor, dentist, plumber, laptop, cell phone, and the restaurant you went to last night. We use reviews and friendly advice all the time, and that's because, in general, basing decisions on the experiences of other is helpful.

The question is: why, when it comes to 18 year-olds making one of the biggest decisions of their lives, do they take advice -- if any at all -- from the oddest sources?


Guidance counselors have the vital role of showing students the proper path, but often they can't tell you how your experience at a particularl college will be. College tour guides are biased, and parents only want the best for their children. This occasionally means selecting highly ranked schools, though it may not be the best fit. took the first step in creating a better system for choosing colleges by surveying thousands of alumni from hundreds of colleges across the country.

While the research I'll be discussing today is strictly quantitative (numbers based) rather than qualitative (feedback), I believe it opens the door for a conversation about how students could more effectively choose colleges. 

With that in mind, I have gathered 11 of the lowest ranked colleges based on alumni reviews, which can be found in the slideshow below.

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  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2014, at 11:28 AM, AdmitYourGuilt wrote:

    When did trade schools become colleges? Trade schools have an important place in our society, but places like DeVry aren't colleges.

  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2014, at 6:57 PM, tadam2000 wrote:

    I'll certainly go along with Cal State LA being on the list, but not because of impact on my earnings: because of the low standards and poor quality of education. After getting my BA from a UC school I enrolled in a Master's program at CSULA. I managed to get A's in a couple of classes where I never bought the text books. I'm not kidding; I really did not by the texts for a couple of my classes. There were classes I took in high school that offered more of a challenge than this place did.

  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2014, at 7:01 PM, tadam2000 wrote:

    Oops! Typo! I meant I really did not "buy" the texts. (Before someone rags on me for that.)

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