What are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college?

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What are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college?

Jane McClure
Partner McClure, Mailory & Baron Educational Counseling

What are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college?

Here is my video response to the question.

Scott White
Director of Guidance Montclair High School

What are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college?

Would you be happy there...that is the only question.

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

balance between academic enviornment and social opportunities

students shall understand what each college has to offer and what they are looking for. many colleges will not work for students trying to find answers for four years. rention rate and career placement are the two most important facts for many students.

Ellen erichards@ellened.com
Owner Ellen Richards Admissions Consulting

The following guidelines will help you avoid common mistakes and keep you focused on what's importan

Location. Make sure your preference of school location will offer academic advantage otherwise, it will not benefit you in the long run. Affordability. If you have limited funds to use for college, and you haven't received any scholarships, you should definitely make a financial plan. shortcomings to avoid wasting of your money. Academics. It's helpful to have at least a vague idea of what you'd like to study, so you can choose an institution tha has programs related to it. It's improtant to remember that, first and foremost, you're at school to learn. Size. Know how many people you'd like to be surronded by - will you learn better when you have small classes and personal attention from professors, or do you work more efficiently when you're independent and can blend into the background of large lectures. Just remember... it is not good idea to go to a school just because a bunch of friends are going there... Always consider the academic advantages.

Tyler Burton
President Burton College Tours

Will you optimize your experience?

The best way to determine what factors will be important considerations is to begin by visiting a variety of college campuses. Students who visit a broad range of schools are able to tease out aspects of campuses that appeal to them. This is the process of learning the elements of a good fit school. Students should feel good on campus. A campus should be able to stretch the student to enable growth while providing comfort. The three elements of fit are academic, social and financial. A good fit will encompass all three components.

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

There's An App For That Too

Download Collegeapp if you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It's a free app that enables students to create an avatar using fit attributes such as size, location, Greek life, geography, climate, cost and selectivity. These are among some of the most important fit factors.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Important Factors

10 good reasons to choose a college 1. The academics include lots of great courses in your possible major or areas about which you are curious. 2. A high percentage of the freshman who start at the college graduate from there. 3. The workload appears to be academically challenging, but not out of your reach. 4. There are a variety of intramural or sports teams to consider. 5. The extracurricular offerings align closely with your interests. 6. You and your parents are comfortable with the distance from home. 7. The size of the student body is well matched to your needs and desires. 8. You’ve spent time thinking about what you like and don’t like in a college and as best as possible you have put aside “trendy” notions that don't suit you. 9. You’ve spoken with grads or students of the college and they are happy with their educational experiences. 10. The school emphasizes certain areas, values, ethnicity, gender, faith, art, community, music, Sports that are important to you. 10 mistakes to avoid when choosing a college 1. Your entire group of high school friends is applying to it so you can all remain together. 2. The campus must be near a shopping mall. 3. This is the school your parents attended; they were happy there and are sure you will be too. 4. This college is the only one for you and you aren't bothering to investigate others. 5. The school is so close to home that your parents will still do your laundry and feed you a couple of times a week! 6. You have almost no firsthand experience with the college but the rankings are great. 7. None of your interests are represented at the school, but who cares? It’s popular. 8. You'll be the smartest student on campus 9. It's cheap. 10. It has a great football team.

Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC

Key factors

The factors that are important in selecting a college depend on what is important to you. Some typical factors (in no particular order) are: - Academics - Majors offered - Facilities (e.g., labs, libraries) - Availability of Internships or co-op opportunities - Job placement of graduates - Per cent of students who continue on to graduate school - Study abroad opportunities - How hard it is to get admitted - Size - Location - Distance from Home - Cost - Availability of financial aid - Religious or political influence - Ethnicity of the student body - Gender mix of the school - Greek life - Safety - Whether students commute or live on campus - Extracurricular activities - Spectator sports

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

What are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college?

Whatever are the most important factors for you. Make a list of what you want a college to have. Make a list of what you think would be an extra if a college offered. Then, look at your list of schools and check those things off. How well does the school match up with your wants and needs? Very simple.

Deb Kalikow Pluck
Founder & Director New Path to College

What are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college?

Two Top Factors for Choosing a College: #2) Will I be successful there? #1) Will I be happy there? Makes it sound easy to make a decision doesn't it? I believe the more complicated or factors involved in a decision the more we can get bogged down and our thinking can become overloaded.