Things to consider when choosing a college…..
 
Location
  • Do I want to be close to home?
  • If I choose a college far away, can I afford to come home to visit?
  • Do I want to live in an area that offers cultural diversity?
  • Would I prefer a college in a small town or a big city?
Size
  • Would I be more comfortable at a large university with many students in a class, or a smaller school with small class sizes?
Majors/Academics offered
  • Does this school offer the major that I am interested in?
  • If I change my mind about my major, do they offer a wide variety of majors to choose from?
Social/Extra Curricular
  • What extra curricular activities are available for students?
Criteria for admissions
  • Do I meet their criteria to be accepted (criteria are usually listed on the college’s web site)?
  • If I am accepted, can I be successful academically at this school?
Internships available
  • Are students connected with internships in the field that they want to pursue? 
Earn a degree in 4 years
  • What percentage of your students graduate in 4 years?
On campus housing
  • Do you offer on campus housing?
  • Is everyone guaranteed on campus housing who wants it?
  • Are students required to live on campus?
  • What housing options do you provide?
Cost
  • What are tuition, books, room and board costs?
  • If you live off campus, what are typical rates for rent, electricity, water, heat, etc.
  • Are there additional student fees?
Scholarships available
  • What institutional scholarships are available to your students?
  • Are they only available to freshman, or do upper class students have opportunities for scholarships?
Student Support Services
  • Financial Aid office, counseling, career center, tutoring, academic advising, student health center etc.
Visit the school before you decide if you will attend!
  • Every college campus has its own unique atmosphere and culture. There is no way to tell this from a brochure or a web site. You must visit; preferably when school is in session.