6 Signs You Belong at Rasmussen College
College isn’t a simple investment. You invest into a program with the expectation that when you graduate, you’ll have the needed credentials and skills for the career you want. But all that time between enrollment and graduation can drastically impact what you get out of your degree. Finding the right cultural fit could be the difference between thriving in a college program and dropping out of one.
If you’ve done some research, you may already know the basic details about Rasmussen College and your program of choice. Finding more about the details of a specific program is a matter of a few clicks, but deciding if this college is the right one for you takes a little more digging.
To help with that process, we compiled the following collection of signs and traits that speak to the core of our students. Read on to see what drives our student culture, and see if you have the traits that fit so well at Rasmussen College.
6 Signs Rasmussen College is the right fit for you
1. You want the information up front
You feel much better about decision making when you have plenty of information. If there are multiple options to get somewhere—metaphorically or literally—you want to see those options. Whether you are choosing a bank, renting an apartment or buying a car, you expect to see the vital information up front without confusing jargon or hidden fees.
This emphasis on clear information up front is one of Rasmussen College’s primary goals. Dwayne Bertotto, vice president of Admissions and Student Experience at Rasmussen College, says that this is also an expectation for many students.
“They want all the information and a clear path to their goals. At other schools, students are often left to figure things out themselves,” Bertotto says. “We take the red tape and confusion out of the academic map so they can focus on their classes.”
Think of it as the difference between entering a destination into your GPS and leaving the house with only an address and a city map. You might get where you want either way, but who wants to spend time parsing the map when step-by-step directives are available?
2. You walk your own path
In a world full of stereotyping and categorizing, you forge your own path as an individual and make decisions based on what works best for you. Whether that takes you along a road well-travelled or a road less-travelled, you have no problem doing your own thing, and you expect to be seen for who you are.
“One of the biggest mistakes in higher education is when colleges treat students like demographic groups instead of individuals,” says Bertotto. “One of the things we do well is looking at students individually.”
This is why Bertotto doesn’t make blanket assumptions about the students at Rasmussen College. “It’s tough to characterize a typical Rasmussen College student. We serve so many students at different places in life.”
3. You have a dream
Some students begin their college career without knowing what they want. But that’s not you. You have plans for the degree you want to earn and plans for what it will do for your career after graduation. As hard as it is to make blanket statements about Rasmussen College students, one common factor is enrolling with a goal.
Bertotto says many students here are career changers and advancers who are returning to school to increase their happiness and expand their earning potential. Others are driven by their passion—whether that is to work with kids or to help heal people in the healthcare industry—these students have a dream career they are aiming for.
“Many of our students know what they want for a career, but they maybe don’t know how to get there,” Bertotto says. “This is why we’ve made every degree track completely clear. Students have enough to think about without obscurity in their academic path to graduation.”
4. You believe in personal growth
Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe people have the capacity to grow, learn and accomplish their goals? Are you optimistic about the potential in your future? If so, you’d be right at home at Rasmussen College.
“The people that make up our faculty and staff have an undying desire to see people succeed,” Bertotto says. “That belief, that innate desire is a priority we look for when hiring, and you can see it in our instructors. They feel a great sense of satisfaction in seeing students succeed.”
This goes especially for students who are struggling in their classes or fighting against the odds in their lives. “It’s definitely part of us—this deep desire for personal betterment. It’s one of the biggest things defining our culture as a college.”
5. You appreciate the power of technology
Technology is not only an explosively growing industry, but it is also impacting pretty much every industry out there. Whether it be through your current job or your downtime, you’ve come to value the digital world and the many devices and platforms that come with it. Maybe you are quick to incorporate technology into your life, or maybe you would like to be a little more savvy with it—but its value in our world is clear to you.
Rasmussen College is highly focused on technology, Bertotto says. The tech industry has so much job opportunity to offer and the college wants to create more awareness about those opportunities. But even beyond Technology degrees, Rasmussen College is constantly incorporating innovative technology school-wide.
“Technology allows us to put more flexibility and power in the students’ hands,” Bertotto says. “Whether through student portals, enhanced online platforms for courses, digital libraries or live lecture streaming—it’s a huge part of the success of the college right now.”
6. You know why you want your degree
Enrolling in education is a big decision—one you haven’t taken lightly. You know what you hope to gain by your degree, and you are pursuing it because you understand that it can lead to higher earning potential, greater job satisfaction, lower risk of unemployment, more security for your family—or all of the above.
Bertotto says this is a very common trait among Rasmussen College students. “They know what their degree will mean to them. They understand its value.”
Whether you dream of becoming a nurse, a cyber security expert or a small-business owner, you know why you want the career you are working toward. And those reasons will help keep you motivated through your studies.
Learn from the experts—our students!
Finding the right college fit is an important step in the process of earning a degree. You want to find a school that is invested in the success of its students and offers the learning flexibility you’ll need in life. But don’t just take our word for it—check out our article, “College Success Stories: 5 Students Like You Who Made It Through” to read about the experience of several Rasmussen College graduates.