Go beyond public reputation or popularity. Organize your individualized review of multiple campuses using like aspects, this can help you find the college that is right for you.
“Even in late spring of your senior year, you’ll likely find yourself reviewing college materials carefully and planning a couple of final follow-up visits—maybe with another campus tour—to schools that have admitted you. This ongoing evaluation and open-minded, critical analysis is a key component of a smart, well-informed approach to college admission—one that will help you to find and gain admission to a college where you are most likely to be successful and happy.” (Petersons)
Aspects to consider when choosing your college:
- Size – student population and campus space
- Distance from home – consider travel costs
- On-campus atmosphere
- Campus location and surrounding areas – amenities and climate
- Housing options
- Available majors and classes – impacted?
- Student-faculty ratio
- Professor accessibility and reputation
- Average cost of attendance
- University scholarship opportunities
- Offered or potential financial aid funding
- Your estimated “net cost“
- Family / Student funding resources
- Extracurricular activities – studies show involved students thrive!
- Campus events
- Makeup of the student body
- Health services
- Tutoring or academic support services
- Graduation rates
- Career assistance and internship program
- Alumni network