Finding the right college for you can be a stressful part of life, but it doesn’t have to be! Start early, research often and you should have no problem finding the best college for you and your interests. Below, we will talk about some of the best practices when navigating the college search.
In the beginning
To start, you should compile a list of all the schools you are interested in, in-state, out-of-state and even the dream colleges. Find as many as possible and begin shortening the list based on the things you are most interested in. You should start this process well before you plan on going to college, to give yourself plenty of time to explore all options and visit the campuses you are most interested in. Time will also help you discover what factors are most important to you.
Location and size
Size of a college and its location are two factors are huge in most people’s college search. Some like small colleges, others like large universities with 20,000+ students; it’s all about personal preference. Do you want to be close or far from home? Location also can play a role in the cost of your education. Be sure to note the pros and cons of both the size and location of various colleges.
Look beyond the advertised price
The total cost of college can go far beyond just the price of tuition, for some colleges. For example, the tuition doesn’t take into account housing, book prices, meal plans or other costs associated with college. Do your research and make a budget.
Applying for college
Take a look at the application process for each school you are interested in, most schools have their own processes and different due dates. Also, don’t be discouraged by your test scores – colleges look beyond just scores when selecting prospective students. Also, you don’t necessarily have to decide on your major as soon as you apply, you can take your time honing in on a particular major.
Visiting potential colleges
Taking a trip to a college and doing an official college visit may be the most important step in the process. Visiting in person is the best way to get an idea of what the college is like and if you see yourself fitting in with the environment. Visiting every college you are interested in may not be feasible, but try to get to as many as you can. You never know, you may visit a college that was low on your list and end up loving it!
Deciding on a college is no easy task, but starting the process early will help you make the right decision and enjoy your college life. Learn more about what South College has to offer!