I was/am thinking about establishing a website specifically for college students to assist them with questions on different subjects, homework etc. I'm going to be using Joomla technology because it gives you great control over the forum-part of your website and has many useful extensions. So far I've got a feeling about the following topics: college evaluations [students could post their general impressions about colleges], college courses help [self explanatory], I'm also thinking about high school subjects. If anyone has any other ideas about/for my website, feel free to share them.
Photo submition, polls (who's the worst teacher, etc) and other things like that
Yes, yes and yes! Exactly, that's what I'm looking for.
College campuses lists/how clean are they.
Professor ratings, like you've stated.
College book classifieds.
Online schools for working parents.
Working/job opportunities for students while they study.
Voting system for the best college campus/teacher for a course/college tuition.
Tips on credit scores, how to keep them up.
What do you think so far?..
To be frank, if you are going to just run a forum, go with SMF (free) or paid forum script (vbulletin or invision). A dedicated forum script give you more control and easier to maintain. Joomla is more like a CMS where there are multiple built in modules(one of them is forum). So whenever there is bug found for certain modules(web download, calendar etc), you have to update your joomla again although the fix do not concern your forum.