Choosing the Right College for You
One of the most important decisions a high school student will make is where he or she will go to college.
Here are a few tips that can assist with this heavy decision…
First, according to Connie Pollack, a college admissions consultant, is that “choosing colleges that are a good fit academically, financially, and socially will hopefully mean that the student spends the next four years of their life in the ‘right’ college environment, happy with their choice, happy with the selection of majors offered, happy with the campus vibe, without having to transfer after their first year.”
Pollack added, “The idea is to determine up front what colleges will be a good fit so you don’t have to transfer to another school, transition to a new place and new students, and risk losing the credits that you have earned that year.”
Here are some top things to consider:
Will you be happy away from home, possibly only seeing family on holidays or will you feel more comfortable being closer so you can come home when you want?
Is the size of the student body important? Smaller campuses may have fewer services and activities, but larger colleges have bigger class size and less individual attention.
Be sure to research each college and check out its list of majors. Even if you are undecided, make a list of possible majors that interest you and see if those are offered at each college you are thinking about attending.
One of the most stressful aspects of attending college is the cost. Discuss and have a plan on how you and your parents are going to pay. Research all scholarship, grant, and financial aid possibilities to cut the cost as much as you can.
5. What type of college interests you?
Do you want to attend a public or private college? One that is religious based or not?
According to Pollack, it is a great idea to make a “three-part” college list that includes your dream colleges, target colleges, and safety colleges.
At Advanced College Solutions, Inc., we offer a wide variety of programs that not only can help you with these items, but also help prepare you for the college admissions process.
Please give us a call and set up an appointment so we can get you started on your college journey!