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There's a lot of pros and cons on both sides of the argument for going straight into college after high school.

One huge disadvantage would be that many people feel that right after high school is the perfect time to travel freely and explore the world, and going straight into post-secondary robs them of this chance.

The idea that people don't want to go into university until they're sure of what career they want to pursue, and aren't sure without some time away from academics, is also a disadvantage to going straight to college.

Taking some time off gives the opportunity to work full-time and store up funds to pay for future schooling. The disadvantage then to going straight to college is the possibilities of a lot of loans and a tight budget to make ends meet.

And then of course, there's the simple fact that after 13 years of formal schooling, a lot of people are just ready for a break that you don't get if you go straight to college.

Of course, these disadvantages can be countered with advantages - a college away from home gives as much independence as traveling, and going right into university can give a bit of a head start for whatever education and career path you want to take. It's all about what's best for you.

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As long as the institution has a regional accreditation, either is fine. With a regional accreditation you can be assured the coursework and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers. Below are listed the regional accrediting agencies and their geographical areas of responsibility. When choosing a school, make sure it has an accreditation from one of the below.

Regional Accreditation Agencies

· Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

· New England Association of Schools and Colleges- Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

· North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

· Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities - Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

· Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands.

· Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.

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Some graduate choose to take a gap year to do some traveling, earn money for college and to think about what they want to study in college.

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