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A few questions to ask before choosing a college or university

What's the right choice for you as you search for a way to continue your education? There are many choices out there, and some will fit your personal and career goals better than others. There is no "one size fits all" solution for working adults returning to school and seeking a degree. It's a big decision, and we've provided a few questions to ask yourself in the hope that it helps you choose the college or university that fits you best.

First ask yourself:

  • What is the purpose for going back to school?
  • Am I looking for personal enrichment?
  • Do I want to increase my earning power?
  • Do I wish to advance with my current job or change careers?
  • Would I like to be more of a role model for my family?

Many of the questions above drove Saint Louis University to create the School for Professional Studies. We see it as a practical solution to an increasingly common problem.

A new era for education with practical solutions

One of the most exhilarating trends in education from the last decade is the ever-growing enrollment numbers of returning adult students. Schools all over the country - from state-run universities to Ivy League institutions - are experiencing record enrollment numbers of returning students in both campus and online degree programs. The majority of these students are working adults, many with families, who demand more specific services and flexibility for their education.

Can I get a flexible education that's reputable?

You can get all this and more with SLU for Busy Adults. Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies is an accredited institution that offers more than just prestigious degrees. We also offer:

  • Flexible and accelerated courses
  • Programs designed for an easier career transition
  • Focused curriculum arranged to help you build real, enhanced skills
  • Curriculum from an accredited institution that's affordable

Why is accreditation so important for my education?

Accreditation means that a school's curriculum and student body performance meets or exceeds a certain level of standards. When a school earns accreditation, it means that the institution meets the demands for rigor and teaches material based in verified data.

It's important to note, however, that the most recognized type of accreditation in the United States is regional accreditation, in which a school is accredited by one of six geographically dispersed agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Generally, college credits or degrees received at a regionally accredited institution are accepted by other regionally accredited colleges or universities (non-regionally accredited programs are not as accepted).

There are six geographic regions of the United States with an agency that accredits college and university higher education programs:

  • The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The New England Association of Schools & Colleges
  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The Northwest Association Of Schools And Colleges
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

It is often difficult to find a school's accreditation when visiting their Web site or viewing their catalog or other information. Certain fraudulent schools (better known as diploma mills) may use such terms as "fully accredited", "nationally accredited", or "accredited worldwide" in an effort to deceive. You can find out if the college or university you are interested in is regionally accredited by visiting the regional accrediting board Web site for their area and looking up the institution name.

Saint Louis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the oldest and most reputable accrediting bodies in education. Saint Louis University generally accepts work that you have performed at other regionally accredited schools.

What makes SPS a better choice?

Saint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. SLU was founded just after the turn of the 19th century and is the second-oldest Jesuit university in the country.

For nearly 200 years, SLU has cultivated a history and reputation for excellence and innovation among institutions. This reputation was further progressed in 1963 when we launched one of the first programs in the country dedicated to adult learners with some of the most innovative, adult-focused programs to date. The School for Professional Studies is designed to be flexible for working adults, but the curriculum is held to the same academic standards as the curriculum throughout Saint Louis University.

So while we understand that the School for Professional Studies at SLU may not be for everyone, the quality of the education you receive here is not compromised or second-rate. As we have for decades, we offer a smart, reputable and, most importantly, affordable education for working adults seeking more out of their lives.