True, many of my friends who have attended are from Iran. Maybe there is an option to opt out of certain classes. As for the rest, I don't buy all that. Not thinking about making money as a top priority for the first steps out of adult-hood is only for the well-off. Given that we are in a developing economy, making money is a critical item on the to do list for many here. The best way to build competency in skills to contribute to society is a mentorship. Become an apprentice in a trade. Find someone who is kicking bottom in the world and join his / her team (find a good boss.) This is the model which has got us this far. College isn't for everyone today and it has historically been for even fewer people. Only recently has college taken on the burden of vocational training. That model is going to die in the US and that death will eventually circle around to the Philippines. The "better citizen" and "contribute to society" is for liberal arts students. This is great when you have a family with money who will always support you. It's great for students who have already won the "who you know" game and have a job waiting for them no matter what they study and for how long. Everyone else has to hustle.