SELECTING A COLLEGE IS HARD!
- The search begins with you, your personality, values, preferences, interests, skills and ambitions
- Where will you best fit in and accomplish your educational and career goals?
- It is not just about where you will be happy.
- Many students select a college based on its ranking or academic reputation
- Others choose a college because of its low cost or “party school” culture
- The key is to begin with self – knowledge, and then find colleges that complement you, not the other way around
- Does the college have the specific departments, majors, professors, classes, advising and resources you need to reach your post – graduate objectives?
- What are your academic and career short – term and long – term goals?
- Choosing one college over another should be a logical and critical thinking decision. It should follow the facts and rational decision-making process. It should occur after comparing and contrasting a dozen or more features that matter to you.
- Where you apply to and where you attend college should be places consistent with your long – range objectives
- If your academic and/or career interests change, which school will allow you to explore your interests further?
- What are your greatest academic strengths?
- What are your academic weaknesses?
- Do you prefer learning in a small class discussion group or a 700 – student capacity lecture hall?
- Do you prefer rigor and pushing your abilities to the limit, or easy classes?
- Do you want your professors to be readily available for office hours, or do you prefer to study on your own?
- Do the campus resources, faculty, research, and study abroad opportunities matter to you?
- Does a liberal arts education or a private institution appeal to you?
- Do you plan to take advantage of the party scene?
- Do you prefer a suburban, metropolitan or rural campus setting?
- Will you be homesick living far from home?
- Do you prefer small classes, at a small school on a small campus or vice versa?
- What are your political leanings and spiritual requirements?
- Is the cost of your college education a matter of importance?
- Where will your professional and personal needs best be met?
- Are club or intercollegiate sports or school spirit important to you?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL: It’s all about fit
- Give Yourself Time: Start Early
- Know Yourself: Your Personality, preferred learning style & goals
- Research the Colleges: Find 8 – 12 colleges that best match your values, our preferences, academic and career objectives
- Proper Preparation: Grades, Scores, Abilities, Research
- What Really Matters to You?
- What Inspires You?
- What Challenges You?
- What will be Your Gift to the World?
- How do you Positively Impact the People around You?
Factors for selecting the program
- Student Body Culture
- Faculty Reputation
- Academic, Career and Peer Advising
- Alumni Network
- School Spirit
- Safe Environment
- Campus and Class Size
- Location and Climate
- Resources (libraries, laboratories and study abroad opportunities
- Undergraduate Housing
- Plethora of major and courses