We all know that when we get to college we realize a couple weeks or months later, that we made the wrong decision in choosing that specific college.
Here are the things you should consider:
1) Location- Sometimes when we choose a college we only like it because of its rank. You should ensure that you know exactly where the college is situated and ask yourself if it’s a good neighborhood or not. There’s nothing wrong with doing a little research.
2) Acceptance Rate- This might not be important to some of you but trust me, it is. Colleges like Harvard University only accepts 6% of there applicants. This means that for every hundred applicants only six of them get in. This is why they tell us to have our three categories of schools. Reach schools are the schools that are a long shot, match schools are a 50 50 chance of you getting in and safety schools are schools that you know you’re gonna get in no matter what.
4) Scholarship- Not all of us have the last names Jobs or Gates. Our families might be going through some tough times and can’t pay our full tuition. It is very important to check if the college you’re considering gives scholarships to most of the students.
5) Jobs and Internships- We might want to work our own money instead of our parents sending weekly allowances so we might need a job. All schools help to find you a job or internship but some more than others.
6) Party Scene- This might not be your main concern but if you’re like me, you want to go to a school with balance. I want to go to a school where the students are intelligent and know how to let loose.
7) Major- What am I going to study at college? This is what I’ve wanted to be since I was a little boy or girl but I prefer this major more than the other. This is our main objective at college. Some colleges are well-known for the sciences and some for business. You might look at the college you’ve been wanting to go to since you were in your youth but you quickly realize that you might feel more comfortable at another one. Luckily at college you can change you major as many times as you’d like.
8) Transportation- A lot of times our dorm room is on one side of the campus while or classes are on the another side so transportation is definitely important.
9) Tuition- Schools like Columbia University has there tuition at almost $50,000. This is also tied with major. I might find a college that has 2 classes for my course and another one gives me 5 classes. The first one has a higher tuition and an Ivy League status but the second one is 5,000 less. I would choose the lower one so I don’t put my family in debt.
10) Health and Safety- It is very important to know if you’re school has security guards patrolling the campus at night or to know that when you become sick you’re in good hands.
11) Campus Food- Find out if the school you’re considering has good food and also get an appropriate meal plan. We’ve all heard about the freshman 15.
12) Campus Housing- Schools will never tell you that you’re dorm room might be infested with bugs, roaches, mice, etc. I’m sure no one wants to sleep in a room where there might be roaches sleeping until the covers with you.
MY LIST IS FINALLY COMPLETE. If you need more information go on niche.com. Niche does reports on every college in the USA. They also have students that write about they’re experience whether it was good or bad and they are updated everyday. It also gives you pictures, videos, notable alumni and everything that I just discussed and more.
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