How do you know what college or university is right for you?
Millions of high school seniors are trying to figure out where to go to college. What are some ways they can be sure to make the right decision? Please include links if applicable. Thanks!See Answer 10 Add Answers
I've faced this dilemma and chances are: most of us have faced an issue that is similar to this. One of the most important factors that an incoming college freshman should never do is base their admissions on college rankings. Most of these rankings do not include majors and how does one truly measure how good a school is? There are always going to be students who are at the higher end of their studies and students who are not doing so well. Many of the college rankings are based on what colleges send the surveyor and if the college doesn't supply certain data, to remove this hierarchy between colleges, they are simply placed lower or even removed from the rankings list.
Second, I strongly suggest going on a campus tour and really get to learn the environment and the people you will be sharing your academic life for 2-4 years. Even if a college is amazing in a certain studies, it doesn't mean anything if you are receiving bad grades for not adapting to your surroundings.
Third, see if your actual major is offered at the college and if there are other courses than slightly differ from it. For example, if a student realizes he/she wants to do business and they are not enjoying business administration, then maybe they can switch to marketing.
Lastly, is never pick a school based on where your bestfriends/"special someone" is going. It is alright to go to a school if the location is a concern, but chances are you will make more friends and better relationships on any campus you attend regardless of your previous friends.
Most importantly, never rule out a school because it is too expensive. Schools WANT students to attend, they often offer such large scholarships that even make them cheaper than local colleges. Also never disregard community college. You can always transfer after getting a feel for your major and you can save A LOT of money this way! Even spend less years in college if you find out what you want to major in faster this way.
The way I did it, I visited all of the campuses and then chose the one with the most hot girls and a "bad" reputation.
Luckily it was also an Ivy league school so I learned a couple of things here and there while I was at it.
It felt right once I was on campus. I loved everything I saw and I never wanted to leave. I felt honored to attend.
honestly.. you don't.. just apply to the colleges that are well known for the field you want to be in.. consider price and location.
honestly though.. if you have a degree you're set... it does not matter where you got it. private or public university. unless of course it's an ivy league.
a degree and the fact that you earned one is enough for most all employers.
To find schools right for you first become acquainted with some of the schools out there. For that check out:
Now you have got a feel for some the schools go to:
Use it to find similar schools to those in the article above and ferret out more choices. Home in on a few schools that you like.
Then simply drop a few of them (3-4) a line asking what they require to get admitted, how they take into account personnel circumstances, foreign language requirements etc, their view on AP, extracurriculars, SATs. It all varies from school to school and will affect your chances of getting in. A scatter gun approach of simply doing a ton of AP, sat coaching, and heaps of extracurriculars is counterproductive and likely to lead to sub optimal results for both you and the school.
Then relax knowing you have done the right thing to get into the school that is best for the most important person in the process - you.
What should you be asking to yourself is, "What do I love to do?" Then you need to find a way to get someone to pay you to do it. If joining the military takes you there, or if a college degree is the key to getting to that career, or a combination of both. Or, you may even need to go to a trade school.
Well, this an excellent question, Mike. I say this because the right answer will be different for everyone who wants to go to a college or university. First, the person should have a good idea of what he or she wants to be when they grow into adulthood. If there is an idea, then the choice of study the school offers matters a great deal. Second, they must have the financial aspect figured out: loans, grants, work, special reduced tuition for the middle and lower economic class (Stanford). Third, where is the right school for your personality? Is it a party school or are you mature enough to want to learn enough to be prepared to accept a job offer that will start you toward becoming a Republican or will you develop a social conscious and excel in an area that will move you into the progressive Democratic domain?
The first and second statements are rather mundane and object oriented but the third is really about your capacity to fit in even though you might not be rich enough or poor enough, above or below the accepted median SAT score, or whatever else you can think of.
It boils done to knowing enough about yourself to understand that this is going to be the first day of the rest of your life so you need to think carefully because it will direct the course of your life from the day you graduate.