I happen to agree with James. First, it is important to understand what your needs are and where you are in life. I feel if you are a recent high school graduate you should attempt to get into an RA college. If you are older or established, a DETC university may be right for you. You have to factor in if you want to go for a graduate degree or career change. RA then in that case may be right for you. I happen to be in a DETC accredited college, and I am learning just as much as when I took RA classes. In fact I just took a quick break from King Darius in Western Civilization I . Lots of work here, but I enjoy the heck out of it. Isn't it supposed to be enjoyable too? Thanks.