Local College Among Best Schools for Students with Children
March 14, 2014 – A region school tops a new list of best schools for students who are also parents. Purdue University North Central in Westville earned the number one spot on the list, complied by the website BestColleges.com. The online site references a 2011 report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) which found that nearly 4 million U.S. college students are also parents.
The site ranked schools on the basis of cost as well as a specific set of amenities for student parents, such as access to child care and campus housing designed for families. Website contributors noted that the combination of these elements is important, and that some schools which provide resources for parents may have failed to make the list because of cost of attendance.
While cost certainly helped place Purdue North Central high on the list, other factors contributed to securing its top ranking, including availability of family – friendly housing. More than 150 two–bedroom and three–bedroom off campus housing units are available to students with children. The Panther Cubs Child Care, available during spring and fall semesters for $2.25 per hour for the first child and $1.50 per hour for each additional child, also impressed the ranking committee.
The campus also offers night and weekend classes, including the “Saturday MBA” program.
Two other Indiana schools also made the list. Indiana University-Southeast in New Albany was ranked 14th and Ball State University in Muncie came in at 28th on the list of 54 colleges and universities.
By Sarah Holst