It can be a difficult, intimidating task trying to choose where you want to go to college. Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions that a young person may make. Oftentimes it can be an almost irreversible decision (it can be expensive to transfer), and picking the right college can go a long way towards determining how happy you are going to be over the next few years.
For that reason, it’s vitally important to ask yourself lots of questions when choosing a college, because it is a such a life-altering decision and this stage in a person’s life. In many ways, which college you go to will go a long way towards determining your identity for the next few years. That’s why it is important to be sure when choosing a college, and one way you can make sure is by asking yourself questions about these types of topics:
– Location – Do you want to stay pretty close to home? Are you looking to get as far away as possible? Is weather a large concern for you?
– Size – How big of a college would you like to go to? Do you want a larger, more diverse college? Or a smaller, more personable college?
– Academics – Do you know what you want to major in? Do you at least have an idea about the type of major you would like to have? Which schools are best known for those types of majors? If you are undecided, is there a wide variety of things that you will be able to choose from?
– Cost – How much are you will to pay for school? Are you going to get help from your family when paying for college? What types of scholarships are you going to be able to get? What type of financial aid will you receive? Are you will to take on a lot of debt? Will you go to a less prestigious school if it will wind up saving you a lot of money?
– Setting – What type of campus are you looking for? What type of person are you? Do you want a campus within the city, or more out by itself in the country? Is it important to be able to do a lot of things off campus, or will you be content staying on campus more?
– Other things – How important is the reputation of a school? Is your family pushing you in a certain decision because other family members may have gone there? Are you going to a certain college for the right reasons? How important are religious and ethnic things on campus? Do you plan on playing any type of sports?
These are just a few of the questions that you should be asking yourself when choosing a college. It’s such a life-altering and important decision for young people, so they need to make sure that they have the satisfactory answers to these questions. If you do, then it’s going to be a lot more likely that you will enjoy your time in college and enjoy whatever school you choose to go to.