Questions to Ask When Choosing a College
Answering these questions may help you start thinking about the kind of school you'd like to attend. This is just a "starter list" — add or delete questions.
Why am I going to college?
What do I want to get out of my college experience?
What do I want to do when I finish my degree?
Where do I see myself in 10 years?
What is influencing my decision in choosing a school and/or career?
What I want for my future?
What my parents/friends want for my future?
What do I want to accomplish with my life?
What areas of study am I interested in?
How much time and effort do I want to put into my studies?
Would I do better in a more self-directed program or one with more guidance and supervision?
What kind of environment would best work for my value system, political attitudes and personality?
What factors will determine where I go to school (i.e., finances, curriculum programs, preferences, location)?
Beyond what my parents and scholarships are able to provide, how much can I afford to invest in my education?
Where will this additional money come from?
- Part-time employment?
- Student loans?
What school(s) would I attend (and why):
- If I had a full scholarship?
- If I had pay some or all of the tuition?
What schools on my list would I attend only with a full scholarship?
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Do I want to meet new people or go to the same school my friends are attending?
Do I want the school to have a small intimate environment or be large and impersonal?
Which extracurricular and/or social activities am I interested in pursuing while at college?
- Do I want to join a fraternity or sorority?
- Do I want to play intramural sports?
Do I want to go to a school known for its sports teams?
What is my preference regarding the school's geographic location? Do I prefer
- Oceans or mountains
- Northern climates or southern heat?
What is my preference regarding the lifestyle of the location? Do I prefer
- A big city, small town or rural environment?
- A college town with lots of activities or a quieter location?
Would I rather be within a reasonable driving distance of my home or be further away from friends or family?
Will I bring my own vehicle (car, motorcycle and/or bike) or will I need to rely on public transportation?
What type of political and philosophical atmosphere am I looking for?
Would I be more comfortable in a conservative or liberal school?
Would I prefer a single-sex or co-ed school?
Would I prefer a substance-free campus?
Would I prefer a single-sex or substance-free dorm?
Does it matter if the school is public or private?
Do I want a religiously affiliated school?
What are the "must-have" qualities I'm looking for in a school?
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