the college or university that’s right for you
There are more than 9000
colleges and universities in the U.S. in a wide variety of
interests and locations. These include community colleges, professional
colleges, state universities, elite schools, private liberal arts
colleges and technical
and vocational institutions. The process
of choosing the right school can feel like
experience. Selecting where to receive your higher education is
an important and often times stressful task. Such an important
decision requires a
lot of research and time – make sure you
begin your research as early as possible.
Here are some tips and
guidelines for choosing a college or university.
choosing a college or university
1. Decide what you
want to study and major in.
2. Develop criteria for
comparing colleges (see list below).
3. Decide on the
location type of college you want to attend.
4. List the
potential schools that match your criteria.
gathering detailed information about each school on your list.
Narrow your list of colleges to candidates with the most
7. Visit the remaining schools on your
8. Apply to about half-dozen schools.
Begin to search for financial aid as soon as possible.
Choose the winner – the school that’s right for
Criteria for comparing
Location: distance from home or
Type: public or private
Size: large university or small
Cost: room and board, tuition, etc.
scholarships, school loans, etc.
Degree programs offered and major
areas of studies
Schools ranking or reputation
apartments, dorms, live at home
Social life: sports, activities and
Graduation rate and diversity of student body
Job placement assistance
Qualifications of faculty and
student teacher ratio
Campus resources, security & religious
Internet resources for the
Information on comparing
Data on college scholarships,
campuses and more
- Ranking of best