What are the most important factors to consider while researching colleges?
The first consideration should be your choice of major or desired field of study. If you are focused enough and are ready to make this decision as you enter college, then clearly you must begin researching those schools that offer what you wish to study. If you are undecided, which is perfectly ok, then consider the following in any order of importance to you: size (both of the campus and student population), geographic location, setting (urban, suburban, rural), financial aid consideratons (need blind, no-loan, 100% need met) and "other." The "other" must be things that are important to you outside of the biggees listed above. These are things like sport team enthusiasm, study abroad programs, co-op or internship opportunities, housing options, etc.