The College Search

It is easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about selecting the a college. After all, where do you even begin a college search? The best thing you can do when searching for a college is to stay organized, get information, and have an open mind as you decide on your perfect college fit.

Here are some quick tips for a college search:

  • Make a list of the things most important to you when you think of your dream college. Student support services, degree programs, and career placement rates are just a few things to consider when making this list. Write down all the key factors that make up your college of choice. This list may evolve as you learn more about financial aid and location, but starting out with an idea of what is important to you is helpful. You can always narrow the list down later on.
  • Speak with your guidance counselor and discuss what areas of study interest you most. Your counselor is skilled at helping you decipher the courses and extra curricular activities you excel at, and also deciding what degree will utilize these skills and help you gain valuable employment where you can succeed and be happy.
  • Talk with family members and friends that have recently gone to college. Ask them where they began their search for college, and if they were happy with their choice. What would they have done differently? What were their deciding factors when choosing their college?
  • Educate yourself by requesting information from your list of desireable colleges. Look through the collateral and see if anything about them interests you. Through reviewing the material, you’re taking the time to consider all your options to make the best choice for you.
  • Attend college fairs to get facetime with college representatives. At these fairs you will learn about the college search, and have a variety of colleges available so you can ask questions and gain general information.

Take advantage of the resources available to you like college fairs, counselors, and admissions representatives. Use their expertise combined with a general idea of what you’re looking for to start your college search successfully.

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