Choosing Your Colleges
Choosing a campus can be overwhelming, but if you take the time to answer the questions that follow, the resulting list of college campuses will reflect your goals, needs, and interests.
There are many resources available including websites, college rep visits, college fairs, opportunities to visit campuses and advice from counselors, family and friends to help discover the right match. You should carefully compare colleges based on a variety of factors.
What to Look for in a College Program
What do you want to study in college and potential majors? You will not be asked to choose an exact college major at this point, but it is good to know what choices are available and have an idea of the types of subjects and programs that interest you. You may take a career interest survey for your personality, skills and strengths.
The College Campus
Where is the campus located and is the location of your college important to you? What is the climate, setting, cost of travel, availability of local transportation and cultural events? You should visit the college campuses whenever possible.
What is the enrollment size of the campus/program? What class environment is best for the way you learn? What is most important to you about the size of the campus?
Colleges can range in size from fewer than 1000 to over 60,000 students! Small campuses can be more cohesive and personal. Students usually have smaller class sizes and easier access to professors. Large campuses can have more choices, majors, diversity and are often less expensive. They may have more research opportunities and activities/athletic programs. College Honors Programs can provide small learning communities on large campuses.
What other features and activities are important to you personally? What else, besides academics, does your college need to have in order for you to be interested in applying?
Clubs, sports, fine arts, jobs, types of dorms, religious affiliations, study-abroad programs, dietary requirements, facilities for special needs, local transportation, sororities and fraternities, foreign language immersion programs, internships, job placement programs, are just some features to consider.