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Why attending a local college sets up students for lifetime success

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Attending a local college can be a memorable and fun experience that can lead to excellent professional opportunities.

For many people, attending college locally is a better choice than going away to school. There are a variety of reasons for this such as finances, work, family obligations or just the desire to stay close to home. There are many ways to have a meaningful, well-rounded college experience and they don’t all involve moving hours away. The decision to attend college locally can positively impact a student’s future in many ways.

Students commuting to a local school tend to save money not only on housing, but often on tuition as well. A commuter school offers students the flexibility of building their own experience, whether that means engaging in student life or just taking classes around a full-time work schedule. For commuting students looking for the “full” college experience, making connections and building a sense of belonging can be a challenge, especially at a school where some students commute and others live on campus.

For students with specific career goals already in mind, a highly focused degree program can be the perfect choice. A combination of academic rigor, hands-on learning and career-focused opportunities can lead to internships that evolve into employment after graduation. The experts of the Walsh faculty bring real world business experience to their curriculum, giving students the knowledge and practical skills they can use in the workforce right away. When graduates decide to pursue their careers closer to home, they also contribute to their local economies and help close talent gaps. That is why you’ll find Walsh graduates in nearly every Fortune 500 company in Michigan.

A local college experience can be memorable, fun, successful and lead to excellent career opportunities.

Students should look for a school that offers academic rigor, real world experience, flexibility, affordability and opportunities to build both friendships and professional networks — all of which are available at Walsh. As is the case with so many parts of life, the more effort put into creating an experience, the better that experience will be.

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