Once accepted, how do you choose between colleges?
Once accepted, there are a few things to consider when deciding which one to choose: (After congratulating yourself on all your acceptances of course!)
Academics: Does this school have the major or course of study you wish to pursue? If you are an undecided student, how does this school help you make that choice, and how many majors do they offer in your general field of interest. If you know what you want to study, what opportunities are there for additional research, internship or practicum experiences?
Cost: Some schools may offer you different levels of financial support. Some could offer you scholarship money, or enroll you in work-study, or give you minimal financial aid and request you take out loans. While money should not be the only factor, it is a big factor when it comes to figuring out if you can actually afford to attend the school you want.
The Personal Touch: There are often factors that are important to you about a school (say you want a school that has an awesome football team) that just are no big deal to someone else (while your next door neighbor hates football, but really wants to be on a dance team). Every student should make a list of the top 3 things they’re looking for in a school. This can even include the type of residence hall you want to live in, opportunities to work on campus, or the public transportation system the school runs. These 3 things will be different for every student, and before you make any decision about what school to go to, you should sit down and think about what you really want from your campus.
The “X” Factor: Often selecting the right school comes down to “fit.” Does this place feel right to you? Can you see yourself studying here, engaging with other students, achieving success. If you feel uneasy about a school before you even get there, it can often be a struggle to ever find a comfort zone there. Trust your gut – you have to like where you’ll be spending the next few years of your life. (If you attend a residential school this will be your new home, so you want to be comfortable there!)