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How Do I Choose the Right College?

It doesn’t sound that tough, does it? But sometimes students bound for college don’t know how to choose the right college or university. They rely on their parents or they decide to go where their friends are going. The fact is there are many factors that should enter into your decision.

What’s your field of study? Seems simple enough but not all colleges are the 296-1252168257yPeJ-1same. Some schools offer much more intensive programs in engineering than others. Perhaps you want to go into the arts such as dance or film. There are colleges that have more respect in the industry than others. If you just don’t know, ask someone already working in the industry you want for a couple of recommendations and start there.

Other factors are not so obvious. How do you feel when you are on a large campus? Do you feel a little intimidated or lost? Or do you love the action and activity? I investigated a couple of schools before it was time to choose. One was a huge school of nearly 40,000 students. It was a city all by itself. Another I visited was a small liberal arts university of less than 1500. I chose the smaller and spent four great years there. I don’t know how I would have done at the larger university.

Spend some time making campus visits and getting to know the schools you are considering. It will feel right when you know the right decision.


© 2015 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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