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Factors to Consider When Choosing A College

Thanks to the Web, it is much easier to get information on the schools of your choice.  You'll find researching colleges to be much easier than your parents or teachers did.  Be sure to gather information from both the Web sites set up by the schools themselves and those sponsored by independent and reputable agencies.

As you research, keep in mind that you are trying to find the college that best matches who you are and what you want from your post secondary education.  To help you remain focused, you might find it helpful to answer these questions before you even start looking at specific schools.

  • Which type of education will meet my needs?
  • How do I learn best? (Hands-on?   Lecture?   Discussion?  Independently?)
  • Would I do better at a highly competitive school?
  • How much structure do I need?
  • Which extracurricular activities do I want to pursue
  • Where do I want to live? (Big city?  Suburbs?  Rural?  Overseas?)
  • How far from home am I willing to go?
  • What can I afford? (Financial aid availability?)
  • Which academic subjects do I want to pursue?
  • What size school would best fit my needs?
  • Do I want to live on campus?
  • Am I seeking diversity, a wide variety of people and programs?