Making decisions isn’t easy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spent most of my morning just contemplating where to go to lunch! Making financial decisions really isn’t easy. As a twenty-something recent graduate working in the nonprofit world, money is tight. Deciding to go back to school was a huge decision and choosing the right school was an even bigger one.
I never make important decisions on the fly. I thoughtfully weigh all of the pros and cons, probably something I get from my father. It took me several months to choose the perfect couch, and I won’t even mention how long it took me to decide on a car. Choosing the right graduate school was no different, but ultimately, I chose Purdue. These are the 4 biggest reasons I am a boilermaker, and after reading this, you may become one too.
1. Purdue’s Reputation is Top-Notch
For years, Purdue has ranked among the top 25 public universities, according to US News and World Report. Even more, seven of the school’s graduate programs rank in the top 10 in the nation. Purdue has long distinguished itself as a rigorous academic institution among other established universities. Given its consistently high rankings, award-winning faculty and notable alumni, it’s no surprise admissions applications have increased by more than 40% since 2008.
2. Purdue is Affordable
Sure, tuition can get expensive. It’s even more expensive when you start looking at private institutions. Purdue, however, has frozen tuition for the past four years, dedicated to providing quality education at a reasonable price. Moreover, the Princeton Review ranked Purdue as one of the best value universities in the nation in 2016.
3. Purdue Fits into My Busy Schedule
I work full-time at a job that requires quite a bit of travel. Going to school in-person was never really an option. Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication allows me the opportunity to complete my degree when it’s convenient for me, without compromising the quality of education.
4. Purdue Alumni Love Their Alma Mater
I’ve talked to many people that attended Purdue, including my cousin. I can’t remember a time that anyone said anything negative about the school. That’s always a good sign, right? I come from a family with huge school pride. That’s something that is and has always been important to me. I think of graduate school as an experience - more than just a diploma with my name on it. I wanted to pick a university I was proud to call mine; I found that in Purdue (and so did 450,000 others).
The Bottom Line: Finding the right school for you is all about personal preference; however, we can all learn from each other. I encourage you to take the time to reach out to other Purdue students and alumni to find out why they chose Purdue. It may just be a fit for you too.
Jane Siggelko is a student in Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. The program can be completed in just 20 months and covers numerous topics critical for advancement in the communication industry, including crisis communication, social media engagement, focus group planning and implementation, survey design and survey analysis, public relations theory, professional writing, and communication ethics.
*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.