How to Choose a College

Whether you’re fresh out of high school or a seasoned nine-to-fiver exploring college options after navigating the work force for years, choosing a college can be a challenging experience. You might be wondering how to pick a college that will meet your unique interests, including your academic, scheduling, and personal needs. Exploring three basic questions can help you determine how to find the right college for you.

What Colleges Can I Get Into?

First, it is important to determine what colleges are likely to accept you based on your academic history and extracurricular activities. State schools and some online programs often have less stringent requirements and can be less expensive than private or Ivy League schools. If there has been a long lapse between now and high school graduation or your last college degree then you’ll want to check admissions requirements to see what credits transfer or if you need to fulfill any prerequisites.

What Colleges Have My Major?

If you are beginning an undergraduate program and are not yet sure what subject you’d like to pursue, never fear; most schools offer a General Studies degree. However, if you have your sights set on a particular major or graduate area of study, you’ll want to make sure that the college you’re dreaming about offers that major.

What is the Best College for My Lifestyle?

Knowing how to choose a college that will help you meet your personal and professional goals while fitting well with your way of life is important. Do you prefer to immerse yourself in a traditional on-campus college experience or do you prefer the flexibility of attending online classes? Make a list of the most important attributes you are looking for in a school and how that matches up with your lifestyle and use this as a guide in your search. Good luck!

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