March 16, 2019
Compiling Your College List - 7 Tips From Entrance Advisor
1. Evaluate your need and goals. Don’t pick a school just because it’s highly ranked or because all of your friends are attending it. Think about your specific needs. What’s your learning style? What are some of your goals and values? You can begin the college search process most effectively by looking inward.
2. Think about your major. Some schools have a reputation for having the top program in a specific major, such as business or journalism. Choosing a school with a highly ranked program can be useful for students who believe they know what their major will be. But it is important for you and your family to be open-minded in case you decide to change your focus.
3. Consider school size. School size can play a huge role in campus culture and resources, student life, class instruction and many other areas that can affect the college experience. It’s important for you to consider what type of institution you’d like to attend.
4. Weigh geography. You should also consider school location as you narrow your college choices. That includes thinking about how far away from home you’d like to be and if they want to go to school in a city or rural area.
5. Check into your hobbies. Interested in participating in Greek life? Want to go to football games or volunteer with a campus group? Consider the type of extracurriculars you’d like to participate in to make sure you choose a school that fits your needs.
6. Be realistic about what you can afford. Paying for college can be expensive and often leaves students and parents in debt. Make sure to explore financial aid opportunities and make the discussion about how to pay for college a priority, before you apply to schools.
7. Visit schools. You can go on virtual tours and browse through campus websites as you begin your college research. But in-person visits are a better way for you to connect with current students and get an authentic feel for campus culture.