Choosing the right college can be challenging, but knowing where to start can be even more challenging. No worries, I am here to help you through the process, and give you some tips I wish someone would’ve told me before I choose which college to attend.
First things first, you need to decide what you want to major in. This will be the most important part of the process, because it will determine what career you will choose after college. This decision is not the end all be all, you can definitely change majors once you’re in college. But note that changing majors can affect how long it will take you to graduate. After, you’ve thought about what you’d like to major in, let’s take a look at your GPA from high school. This is another important aspect when choosing a college, because some colleges will have a minimum GPA score level from the people they accept.
Next, it’s time to decide if you want to stay close to your hometown or go away for college. Both options have their own pros and cons. These pros and cons can vary from money and how much financial aid the college will provide you, job success after graduation, opportunities the college offers such as study abroad or internships, to how many people attend the college. These are all things to take into consideration when choosing a college. Other things to consider when choosing a college, would you mind living in the area surrounding the campus? Do they have a good program for your major? Does the college have big or small classes, which would you prefer? How is the college ranked? Does ranking matter to you? Is the campus big or small? Which would you prefer? Does the school feel like a good personal fit?
Make sure to also do research on alumni, current students and professors who are present on the different campuses of the colleges you are inquiring about. It’s always good to do great research than none at all and pick a college you know nothing about and regret your decision in the end. And if this happens, you’ll end up transferring to another college, where you’ll definitely do your research to not have the same thing happen again. So you mind as well get all the research done now, and save yourself both time and money.
Now that you have all this newfound knowledge on how to choose a college, I hope you are ready to start the process! Good luck!