You’re Accepted! Things to Consider when Choosing between Colleges
December 10, 2021
It’s the time of year when students continually check their mailboxes and inboxes, waiting for college admission decisions. For students that apply to more than one school, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to make a choice regarding what’s right for you. But what factors should you consider when choosing a school?
Schools admit students based on more than academics.
Waiting to hear back about your college applications is both exciting and stressful. It’s important to remember that many schools base their admissions decisions on more than just academics. Often times, schools choose to admit students that they believe will be a good fit within their school’s culture overall. Acceptance shows that a school believes you can not only meet their academic rigor, but that your mindset, creativity and extracurriculars will bring a unique and valued perspective to the school’s culture.
Imagine yourself as part of a community, not just a student.
If you already visited the school before applying, try to go back and view it with fresh eyes. Look around at the campus, the student community, and the classrooms and labs. Can you see yourself there? Do you feel comfortable in the surrounding areas and does it ignite that drive of motivation and excitement? If you’re attending an online program, do you feel confident in the setup and resources provided? Speak to current students and, if you can, spend a day listening in on classes in your major. See if you feel a connection or a spark.
Consider the cost and financial commitment.
Make sure that you take the time to talk with a financial aid* counselor who can give you an accurate picture of what your education will cost. A strong financial aid package can make a huge difference in the comfort level that you feel with a particular school. Be sure to inquire about scholarships and incentive packages to help ease any financial considerations for your degree.
Do they offer programs that speak to you and your future?
Choosing where you’ll study involves a combination of research, contemplation, and gut instinct. Weigh the school’s programs against what you want to do in the future. Making a pros and cons list that clearly spells out everything the school may be able to offer can help you visualize tough decisions. In the end, go with the school that meets the majority of your needs—allowing for exciting opportunities to reach your goals while having a fun, challenging college experience.
*Financial aid is available to those who qualify
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