When choosing what college to attend, students nowadays have an array of options as to why they select the ones they do. For most, in-state tuition is one of the biggest factors in choosing Virginia Tech, but it seems lately that our campus food is what seals the
According to College Prowler, Tech ranks number one as the best college food in the country. Unfortunately, some students are more concerned with these superficial rankings rather than getting a good
On my way to class, I heard a tour guide talking to a visiting group about Tech’s awesome on-campus food, but he failed to mention the quality of academics at our university, emphasizing other superfluous niceties, like gyms and the abundance of student centers.
In being so concerned with the luxuries of college life, it says a lot about students’ concern with receiving a quality education, as well as their relative lack of consideration in such an important decision.
This marks a shift in mindset that a solid education doesn’t mean what it used to.
Looking at a study conducted by the University of California, students in 1961 studied on average 40 hours a week, whereas today’s students log only around 24.
It seems that college has become a country club of sorts, and the membership dues have never been higher, with students facing a 27 percent increase in tuition beyond total inflation in the past five years, according to the College Board.
The university’s multiple dining halls, fitness centers and a handful of “luxury” dorms would most certainly appeal to the millennial college student that values a high quality of living rather than a high quality education.
Universities nationwide are doing a good job of marketing to this appeal and demand for luxury, but they are only shortchanging students by investing in extras, rather than essentials. What good is a new dining hall or a fancy gym if it doesn’t correlate with experiences in the classroom?
Don’t get me wrong, I like Tech’s facilities. A university should offer programs that promote healthy lifestyles and allow students to supplement their education with a healthy body.
Where universities go wrong is when they begin to invest more in weight rooms and basketball courts than academic departments and hiring good professors.
Students preoccupied with these attractions should perhaps reconsider their reasons as to why they want to attend college in the first place.
Besides, your future employer won’t care if your college had the number one campus food in the country — I promise.
I understand that having nice fitness centers, dining halls and luxury dormitories are one of the ways in which colleges can draw in applicants; however, a happy medium with funding and resource allocation must be met.
Offering students a university experience that is enriching and in service to the public should be crucial. A state university should herald this mission, as state universities exist to promote an educated citizenry.
Simply put, universities should heavily promote academics over amenities, as the former will remain far more relevant in achieving this mission.