How To Choose A College


March means its Acceptance Letter Season for high school seniors or transfer students trying to get into their top colleges. This also means that major decisions about the future is going to be made by many young adults. As many of them are probably asking, how do you choose a college?

Ask “Is College Right For Me?”

This has more than likely happened before applying to school, but it is always a good thing to review before making the big decision. Many people do not wish to go to college, which they have the right to choose. Other options are the military, trade schools, or into a job. The choice is really yours to make, so choose what is best for you.

Make Comparisons

The more schools you get into, the harder the decision is and you’re going to have to compare the schools. Think about what is important to you, for example: does it have your major, does it have the extracurricular you want, how much financial aid will it give you, and many more. Making the comparisons will help clarify exactly what you want and what schools has it. This is a tedious process, but a necessary one.

Talk To Your Family

Talk to whoever is going to be a major part of the process, like your parents. They will be able to provide insight and advice into making the decision. This is very important to do if they are going to help pay for college, because it’s an investment for them too. Also, they love you and want whats best for your future.

Trust Your Gut

I’m a major believer in trusting your gut, because the subconscious reaction to things can speak a lot louder than pros and cons lists. If you have a deep feeling that College A is the right fit over College B, then go for it. You know what is best for you more then anyone else, so do that.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Your family can be a great resource if you don’t think college is right for you. I actually didn’t go to college right after high school. I wasn’t ready and I just wanted to work. After 3 years of working retail, I was over it and finished college. I felt like I knew when I was ready.


  2. Shannon P says:

    I took a semester off to refocus and breathe after HS and am SO glad I did!


  3. julieiscocoandcocoa says:

    It took me a long time to pick a college, and in the end I’m not sure it was the right one for me. I didn’t end up staying there very long and soon I’ll be graduating from somewhere else. But I am grateful for the experiences I had while I was there (including dating my now husband!)


  4. Sue says:

    Great article. Having gone through this three times with my daughters it brought back so many memories


  5. Such great tips! Wish I would’ve researched more and known about other options before “settling” for the University closest to where I lived.


  6. Chelsie Carr says:

    Great tips! I also considered tuition rates and scholarship opportunities when choosing my college!


  7. Wish Colleges would just pay for me to go – then making decisions would be much easier!


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