Location: Salt Lake City Utah
Stay far away from Independence University in Salt Lake City – even as a prospective student. They’re notorious for aggressive recruiting tactics and shady business practices. The school was formerly known as Stevens Henager College, which had been sued by the federal government for paying illegal incentives to its recruiters.
Red flags, all of the red flags. Run away from Independence University.
Fayetteville State University
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
The numbers just don’t add up for Fayetteville Stat graduates, so it’s best to keep searching for a better school – which there are plenty of in North Carolina. The median salary for grads is less than $30,000 more than ten years after starting the program. Yikes.
They also have a low graduation rate at just 35%, which isn’t very good. One pro they do have going for them is their average tuition of less than $6,000 per year.
Mississippi Valley State University
Location: Itta Bena, Mississippi
This public university in Mississippi has a particularly low graduation rate at just 30%. When you consider they have an acceptance rate of nearly 85%, that makes it seem even worse. But it’s still not as bad as the shockingly low median salary of graduates more than five years after graduation.
The average income Mississippi Valley State alumni are earning is less than $24,000. That’s lower than the debt a lot of students are left with – nearly $33,000!
Location: Chicago, Illinois
This culinary college in Chicago has a high acceptance rate of 84%. And it’s no wonder, considering they make an average of $184,900 for every student who earns a four-year degree at their institution.
Couple the $46,000 per year with the low graduation rate of just 35%, and you can see why Kendall is on this list.
The University of Maine at Augusta
Location: Augusta, Maine
Those who decide to attend the University of Maine at Augusta probably do so to stay close to family, and because its in-state tuition is less than $8,000/year. But if you’re in Maine, you’re not that far away from some of the best schools in the country.
New England is home to Yale, MIT, Harvard, and Dartmouth. But even if you’re not looking at Ivy League, there are better choices. This school’s median starting salary, less than $28,000, just isn’t worth the trouble.