What are the Most Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a College to Attend?
If you'll be able to afford it. Ever since government assistance has been scaled back to help American's afford a college degree, colleges have been in a race to attract wealthy student who can afford college without any aid. This has lead to fancy dorms, expensive health clubs and other perks that have driven up the costs of attending college.
We agree that cost should definitely weight heavily in your decision, but it should not be the determining factor.
Colleges are interested in the most well rounded students that have a good combination of academics, involvement and unique attributes that can set them apart from the thousands of other potential applicants....it doesn't have anything to do with attracting wealthy students.
We've done a couple writeups on some factors that you should consider when selecting a college. Check this article out if you get a chance...
http://collegeprepu.com/what-college-is … -consider/
Why do you have to decide on a college? Can't you just randomly pickthe first one that accepts you? That would be a sad choice. What if a college across the ocean accepts you but you have no money or way to get there?
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I'd say you'd want to consider four factors:
1. Reputation of the school
2. How much it's going to cost
3. What you want to major in
4. The overall "feel" of the place
There are often tradeoffs between these elements, so you will have to weigh them against one another. For example, there are many excellent private schools out there that will cost you $$$$$ to attend. Perhaps you could get just as good an education through an excellent state school system, such as that of California, Virginia, or Texas, which have a lot of different campuses and where tuition can be comparatively lower, even for out-of-state students.
What you major in can often be as important a factor as where you choose to go. Which is more valuable -- a B.A. in English from Harvard, or a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland? In terms of immediate marketability it may well be the Computer Science degree, but you need to make sure that wherever you get your degree, the education you get in your area of specialty is top-quality. If you think you know what your major will be, check out that department in your candidate school -- how big it is, what its general reputation is, what the faculty is like, etc.
Lastly, you will want to make at least one visit to campus to try to get a feel of the place and see if you like it. You're going to be there for at least four years. It needs to be a good fit. Do you prefer a big campus with a lot of students or something more intimate? Do you want to be near a big city or are you okay being near a small town? Do you want to join a fraternity or sorority? (Some schools have very few.) Do you want a school that's mostly concrete, or something that has more wooded areas? What size classes do you want? All these elements may contribute to the feel component, and while feel may not be the most important factor, it can often be a tiebreaker between two otherwise excellent candidates.
Good luck whatever you do.
Do you want to be close to home or far away? Public or private? Big or small? Community or university? Those are some important factors you need to decide on. And not necessarily in that order. I hope it helps
This depends greatly on what field of study you are interested in. Other factors that you should consider (some already mentioned) include:
- cost of attendance
- availability of school grants / aid (not loans)
- school reputation (among employers)
- how their graduates are faring in the job market
- availability of school-initiated internship/externship experience
- school's connection with local/regional employers
Don't hesitate to reach out to people in the field you hope to study and then enter; ask them where they would look to hire new grads!
Good luck in your search!
I think the outcome of previous graduates is paramount. What percentage of the college's alum are gainfully employed? What is their retention rate (how many freshmen return as sophmores, and so on)? After all, college is a wonderful experience where you meet new people, broaden your horizons, and learn new skills; but most of us still need a job as an outcome of that rich experience.
Well, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a college such as its accreditation, reputation, quality of education it delivers, experience of the faculty, cost, and location. You should also look into other factors like job placement history and student support services offered by the college. But most importantly, the school should offer graduate or undergraduate degree programs of your choice!
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