Irvine among America’s best college towns

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The best and worst college towns in America of 2022

Irvine is the only California city to be among the best and worst college towns in America from 2022 to 2022, according to WalletHub.

Irvine is also home to several higher education institutions, including the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, Orange County Center at the University of Southern California (USC),[12] and the campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), La Verne University and Pepperdine University.

Irvine was among the best mid-sized college towns in America

1. Orlando, Florida
2. Gainesville, Florida
3. Scottsdale, Arizona
4. Irvine, California
5. Tempé, AZ
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Reno, NV
8. Madison, WI
9. Boise, ID
10. Charleston, South Carolina

With application season in full swing and student living costs cost up to $ 28,720 per year, WalletHub today released its report on America’s Best and Worst College Cities of 2022. This report, which follows that of WalletHub Colleges and universities rankings, aims to identify cities that offer better living conditions even in these difficult times.

To help high school students in college determine their future home for the next few years, WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities – also grouped by city size – based on 30 key indicators of the potential for academic, social, and economic growth. . The dataset ranges from cost of living to quality of higher education to crime rate.

The best against the worst

  • Richmond, Va. Has the lowest cost of a two-bedroom apartment rental, $ 732 per month, or 4.4 times less than San Francisco and Daly City, Calif., The cities with the most raised to $ 3,198 per month.
  • Brownsville, Texas has the lowest youth cost of living index, 75.32, which is three times lower than Stanford, Calif., The city with the highest at 224.59.
  • Savannah, Georgia, has the lowest cost of higher education, $ 17,414 per year, which is 4.7 times lower than that of Evanston, Illinois, the city with the highest at $ 81,283 per year .
  • Stony Brook University in New York has the most enrolled students (per 1,000 population), 952, 23.2 times more than Cape Coral, Florida, the city with the fewest enrollments with 41 .

Expert commentary

How can parents prepare their children to manage their college finances (student loans, credit cards, etc.)?

“Learning to pay for some of your expenses and developing solid financial literacy are the first steps in adulthood. Sometimes that also includes making big decisions about how much student debt you’re willing to take on. If higher school or post-baccalaureate training is part of your future plans and you know that many vocational and higher education programs are only possible through loans, then it is important to complete your bachelor’s degree with as little debt as possible.
– Alexander Jun, Ph.D. – Professor, Azusa Pacific University

“Parents should keep their children away from expensive, so-called ‘luxury’ student accommodation and encourage them to live in a dormitory for at least two years. Students should not take out loans to finance an unsustainable luxury lifestyle while in college. And parents are doing their kids a disservice by offering them luxury cars and unlimited access to credit cards. College students must live on a budget while in school, as they will undoubtedly be constrained by a budget after graduation. Charging a debit card with a fixed monthly spending limit will teach students how to manage their budget.
– Richard Fossey, JD, Ph.D. – Professor Emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

In deciding which university to attend, how important is the surrounding city?

“The surrounding community, in addition to the overall geographic location of the college, is a very important part of the decision-making process. Students do not spend all of their time on a university campus but travel regularly to neighboring towns. Take the weather for example. If you come from a state without four distinct seasons, the first snowy winter can become a very difficult part of adjusting your life. Ethnic, cultural and political representation are also important factors. “
– Alexander Jun, Ph.D. – Professor, Azusa Pacific University

What are the pros and cons of going to college in the state versus out of the state?

“Going to college out of state is often a good idea. Going to another state to study exposes the student to a bigger world. For example, children in small towns in the Midwest can benefit from living in a more vibrant urban environment. Out-of-state tuition fees are higher than tuition at public universities, which is a downside. But public colleges across America aggressively recruit out-of-state students, and young people with good college degrees (high ACT scores, good grades, etc.) have a very good chance of getting a degree. stock Exchange.
– Richard Fossey, JD, Ph.D. – Professor Emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“There are some practical advantages to attending a local college. If you are within driving or commuting distance, for example, you can regularly bring laundry home! It is possible to return home on long weekends, as expensive flights are not part of the financial equation. “
– Alexander Jun, Ph.D. – Professor, Azusa Pacific University

To view the full report and rankings for your city, please click here.

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