Location: Atlanta, GA
This former, for-profit university had many troubles that led to its ultimate closure just earlier last year. For starters, the six-year graduation rate was just 13%, and more than 15% of graduates defaulted on their loans.
But that doesn’t compare to the fact they failed to distribute more than $16 million in federal loan funds, and the U.S. Department of Education banned them from accessing any more funds in the future.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Northeastern is a prestigious university in New England. Unfortunately, they’ve got one of the highest property crime rates in the US, with nearly 127 crimes per 10,000 students.
These kinds of crimes can be anything from burglary to car theft. The good news is that graduates of this school will likely go on to be able to afford to buy a new vehicle.
Columbia College Hollywood
Location: Los Angeles, California
Stay far away from this private school in Los Angeles. Unless you want to pay more than $10,000/year over the average for your tuition, anyway.
Couple that with the low graduation rate of 35% and the crippling debt you’re left if you do graduate, and it’s easy to see why Columbia College Hollywood made our list of the worst schools in the country.
College Location: Swannanoa, North Carolina
This college is located on a sprawling, beautiful campus right outside of Asheville, North Carolina.
They’ve got a mediocre graduation rate at just over 53%, and the cost of tuition versus the starting salary doesn’t exactly equal out to be very beneficial to grads, especially considering the amount of debt they’re left saddled with.
Location: San Diego, California
California College is another case of spending too much time and effort and reaping little reward – if you reap at all. That’s because the average income of a grad more than five years after graduation is less than $40,000 per year.
That may not sound too shabby, but that’s five years of experience plus a bachelor’s degree – which should equal out to more than that. Especially when you take into consideration that the average debt for alums is nearly $32,000. Something about that equation just doesn’t add up.