Narrowing Your College Choices
Here are a few tips on how to narrow down from the 1,300 colleges & universities to a few schools that might be right for you.
Decide What You Want
Start by reading Questions to Ask When Choosing a College
Research Your Options
Look for schools that match your needs and preferences.
Go here for online web sites and articles to help your search. [WHN page link TK]
Narrow It Down
Cut down on application fees and time spent on each application by limiting your choices to a reasonable number of schools you're truly interested in.
Consider factors like tuition, location, financial aid options, school reputation (academically and socially), personal preferences and selectivity.
Visit Your Choices
If possible, visit your top choices while school is in session to see which one you prefer. You can do this before or after you apply.
At your visit, be sure to talk to students and staff.
Sample the student life: some schools may allow you to stay overnight in a dorm, eat in the cafeteria and attend classes, lectures and events.
WHN Tip: Publications
Pick up a student newspaper and other publications to see what's happening on campus. Check out student bulletin boards and calendars in dorms, campus centers and student unions to see what the social scene is like.
Make Your Choice
After visiting, narrow down your college list.
Apply to your selected colleges.
WHN Tip: Wrong choice? Transferring to another school may be an option.
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