Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a College
Numerous high school seniors are receiving or will be receiving their college acceptance letters. Then it will be time to decide which of these colleges you are going to attend.
Before you make that final, important decision, it is a great time to sit down with your parents and discuss what each college offers.
Here are some questions you and your parents should think about that will help in the selection process.
- How does each college support incoming freshmen?
You will without a doubt experience a huge adjustment period when you go off to college. You will be leaving your life-long friends and be surrounded by new faces, you will leave the comfort of home to experience dorm life, and you will have to adjust to an entire new routine.
Every college offers a freshman orientation, but it is an excellent idea to ask each college you have been accepted to how it helps the incoming freshman in adapting to this new journey. Speak to the admissions staff as they will provide you with specific details about the programs they offer.
- What academic support opportunities can you expect?
College will be challenging, and for most freshmen, it will be the first time they will be away from home for an extended period of time. During your first year, you may need some type of academic support. Check on the college’s website or talk to someone in admissions to see if tutoring is offered, if there is a place to get homework assistance, and also check the professors’ websites, seeing what each one includes on his or her site.
- How does the college’s academic advising function?
Find out if you will be registering for classes during your freshmen orientation and even contact the academic adviser in your major. An excellent adviser can help you stay on course and maximize your college experience.
- What is the financial aid bottom line?
Once you know what financial aid you will receive, ask the college if it will reduce its aid if you win outside grants and/or scholarships. If your financial aid includes loans, investigate interest rates, repayment structures, and who owns the loan.
At Advanced College Solutions, Inc., we offer a variety of programs that can guide and help you with the admissions and financial aid process. Please give us a call and set up an appointment so we can help you answer any questions you may have.