How to Find your Dream College

Only you can make the best choice of where to attend college. You know yourself best, and you understand your future goals. When you have so many choices, it may seem like finding your best college match will be impossible, but don’t fear. Stay organized and use helpful tools to find your dream college.

First, you need to do some soul searching. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, how will you find it? Make some serious decisions about the type of college experience you expect to have. Consider the following:

  • Do you want to travel far away for college?
  • Are you interested taking online or traditional courses?
  • What areas of study are you considering?
  • Does a large college intimidate you?
  • Are you planning on pledging a fraternity/sorority?

You may not have all the answers right now, but it is important to start asking yourself these types of questions. That way you can begin to understand exactly what you are looking for in a college.

Think of yourself as a college student. What do you see? Do you see a stringent college schedule where you’re hitting the books and preparing for graduate school? Do you see a more art-inspired college experience where your classes are more hands-on? Envisioning the type of college experience you expect will help narrow down your choices so you can make a sound decision.

There is no shortage of information about searching for your ideal college match. Use online resources like College Navigator to help you weed through the information and find colleges that are right for you. You should also consider your high school guidance counselor a resource for you; they have expertise in finding the right match for high school students, and also have a longstanding knowledge of the reputation of hundreds of colleges.

Ask friends and families about their college experience. Many people leave college thrilled with their experiences, while others walk away wishing they had done things differently. By learning from loved ones’ experiences you can also steer yourself towards a rewarding college choice you’ll look back on with pride.

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