a college that meets your educational/career goals and individual
needs is not an easy task and is an important decision to
make. When choosing a college you must consider the quality
of education, reputation, admission requirements, costs, and
financial aid. The process of choosing a college typically
involves: knowing what you are looking in a school, researching
those schools, and making a final decision.
Select a topic
to help you choose a college:
your career goals
College Applications and literature
a Short List of Schools.
a final decision.
your career goals
There are many questions to ask yourself before choosing
or applying to a college.
Why do I want to go to college?
What do I hope to achieve in college?
Do I have some idea of what I want to study?
What are the educational requirements (i.e. Associate’s
or Bachelor’s degree) for my planned career?
What type of school will I attend?
What schools offer programs specific to my career choice?
Which school do I really want to attend?
Do I want to live at home or go away to school?
Do I prefer an urban, suburban, or rural environment?
Do I want to attend a small college or a large university?
What matters most to me in choosing a school: location,
cost, reputation, and class size?
Now that you
have identified your career goals, you may have to attend
a postsecondary school to attain the appropriate certificate,
license, or degree required for that career. Your next step
is to identify college characteristics that match your educational
and career goals.
The first step in selecting a school is to know what you
are looking for. Select several characteristics that you
consider important in your search for a school from the
list below, and then start gathering information about schools
that match your selected college characteristics.
Type of School (i.e. Public or Private School, college,
Graduation and Retention Rates
School and Class Size
Location (i.e. urban, suburban, small town, or rural)
Distance from Home
Single Gender or Coed (i.e. women's/men's/coed)
Curriculums and Programs
Certificates, licenses, and degrees offered
Quality of education
Facilities (i.e. computer labs, libraries, restaurants,
shops, and health clubs, etc.)
Campus Environment and security
Housing and transportation
Social Activities and Clubs (i.e. special interest groups,
Athletics (i.e. intramural and varsity sports)
Job Placement (i.e. internships, co-operative education
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