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Bentley on Bloomberg: 3 Ways to Make the Most of the College Investment

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Bentley on Bloomberg: 3 Ways to Make the Most of the College Investment

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With more than 20 million students arriving on college and university campuses this fall, how can they and their families make the most of their investment?

Bentley University President Gloria Larson joined Bloomberg Radio’s Carol Massar and Cory Johnson to tackle this question during “The Bloomberg Advantage” program on Tuesday, September 15.

While Larson noted that there is more than one way to measure success and return on investment, guests shared their own perspectives on what families and students can do to understand the value and realize the fullest potential of a college experience:

1. Do Your Homework (Years) Before Move-In Day

Have conversations as a family about what is affordable for you long before the decision is in view. Focus on using resources like the net price calculator, a useful tool that paints a picture of what your financial aid options are. When you are ready to commit to a school, make sure you have thoroughly researched their academic profile. Look at the school’s statistics on retention rate (how many students move from freshmen to sophomore year), four and five year graduation rates, financial aid programs, average student loan debt and career placement rate. These can indicate the types of graduates the school is producing.

Listen to the full radio segment here

2. Look Beyond GPA

While focusing on academic success is essential for those four formative years, there are other factors proven to maximize the college experience relative to success in work and life after graduation. Market research from Gallup tells us that experiences such as finding a mentor who encourages your dreams, taking on a long-term project, applying what you’ve learned in the classroom to an internship, and creating meaningful connections with professors are just as important to your overall investment as getting that A in history.

  • Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development, Gallup

Listen to the full radio segment here

3. Start Career Planning in Your First Year, Not Senior Year

Don’t wait until senior year to stroll in to your college’s career services office. While you don’t need to have things figured out upon arrival, it is important to be proactive and explore who you are and what you might be interested in. Be “the CEO of your own life” and start determining what your strengths are and focus on what you’re really good at. Your career services office can help you create a strategy.

  • Susan Brennan, Executive Director of Career Services, Bentley University

Listen to the full radio segment here

This segment is part of an ongoing series with Bentley and its media partner, Bloomberg Radio, that discusses topics related to college graduate career preparedness and higher education, stemming from Bentley’s PreparedU Project

Learn more about Bentley’s PreparedU Project, which examines challenges facing millennial workers, the companies that employ them and the colleges and universities that prepare them.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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