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Does Where You Get Your Degree Still Matter?

Where one earns a college degree matters, but it depends on the expected outcome.

Professional Education

For example, to become a veterinarian, there are 28 schools of veterinary medicine in the United States. For a DVM, a bachelors degree that is acceptable to one of those graduate schools is essential.

Other professional programs may be less exclusive, but the same principle applies. There are 40 doctoral programs in astronomy and astrophysics. A student can earn a DDS/DMD at 61 US dental schools. Medical degrees are available at 158 different graduate programs. There are 199 American Bar Association approved law schools in the USA.

General Degree Programs

If the goal is to earn a bachelors degree for promotion at work, qualification as a military officer, civil service or other entry-level preparation, then almost any accredited college is fine.

A couple of years at a junior/community college and two more at a state university is a cost-effective path to a four-year degree. The USA has over 1,200 two-year colleges, but the choice matters, again, to make certain all associate degree credits transfer to the bachelors program.

There are almost 5,000 accredited colleges and universities in the USA that grant 4-year degrees and offer state-specific teacher certifications, nursing and counseling registrations or licenses and other credential programs.

A rapidly growing option is on-line education, which offers associates and bachelors degrees in accredited programs. Where you get the degree does matter to make certain it will be accepted by graduate schools or employers.

Geography Counts

Often, where you get your degree matters, literally. Teacher certification in the state where you want to be hired simplifies the process. Taking the bar exam may go better if your law school is in the same state.

So, for many career fields, where you get your degree still matters.