Why You Shouldn’t Judge a College By its Cover

Victory University.

Just the name alone makes it sound like the most magical school on earth, doesn’t it? It conjures up visions of a campus filled with opportunity, graduates walking away with their caps and gowns and dream jobs making more money than anyone could imagine.

But not so fast. Victory University is a prime example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a college by its name.

Victory, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the institutions on The Education Trust’s list of college dropout factories, for its dismal graduation rate. When you dig a little deeper, you can easily see why.

Only 5.4 percent of Victory’s students graduate within six years. Ed Trust classifies schools like this — those that graduate less than 18 percent of their students — as dropout factories because they fall in the bottom 5 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide for their poor outcomes.

In the end, Victory University doesn’t have a winning game plan for its students. The lesson here? Don’t judge a school by its name, prestige, location, or other frivolous factors; pick a school that has supports in place to help get you down the aisle to graduation and send you off with a competitive degree. Want to know which schools will do that? Visit and search for any institution by name to see your chances of crossing that finish line.