What is the best way to start researching colleges?
There are so many amazing choices for students, that it may feel overwhelming at first, as you try to narrow your choices down to a manageable list. But here are some ideas about tackling this project.
1. Understand your choices based upon your financial resources. If your parents/guardians are helping you, ask them directly how much tuition is affordable.
2. What kind of weather do you prefer? As obvious as this question seems, it will help you immediately eliminate regions in our country if you love snow, or want to be in sunny weather all the time.
3. Decide how large a role religion and or politics play in your life. Is it important that your religion is well represented on campus? Or do you want to be in a politically progressive environment? By reading the descriptions in College Handbooks, you can find the answers to these questions about schools.
4.Do you any visible or invisible special needs? Do you want to be on a LGBTQ friendly campus? The answers to these questions are important lifestyle issues, and will help you find yourself on a campus that may be responsive to your lifestyle needs.
5. Standardized test scores: Your scores are also a factor in eliminating schools from your search. Where are you qualified to apply?
6. Expenses and distance. traveling to and from school to home, especially during peak holiday travel periods can be expensive. If you and your folks cannot afford a lot of travel expenses, then plan on applying to schools that are easy to get home.