Which college do I choose? Which region of the country interests me? Can I afford it? Where do I even begin to look and how? Generally speaking, choosing the right college is not just about liking its campus, or is a “brand” name or wanting to attend an institution that has a reputation for being a great party school. As such, consider the following helpful tips for choosing the college that is right for you based upon a variety of important factors:
1) Focus on colleges that have the curriculum you are looking for – obviously, you want to attend a college that has the major and associated courses that interest you. If you are unsure, consider attending a 2-year community college, or a liberal arts school that exposes you to a number of different areas of study.
2) Location – limit your scope to areas of the country that interest you. Do you prefer a big city, or do you want more of a rural, quieter setting? These are questions you should be asking yourself when deciding where to attend college.
3) Size – an extremely large university may not be right for everyone. Consider a college that has the size you are looking for. Keep in mind that even at large institutions, the class sizes get smaller as you advance into your major and its curriculum.
4) Sports and activities – if you are looking to play sports, be sure to apply to colleges that have the programs/organizations you are looking for. Are you looking for a big time athletic program, or the opportunity to engage in intramural sports? Consider these questions when applying to colleges.