Chatham University Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?


Take it serisouly and make sure it is really what you can afford fincially and personal wise. It will be your home for four years, make sure it's worth it. Visit more than one college and the same college more than once. And the biggest thing start looking early.


Finding the right college for you makes you feel like, you belong, you know where your going, and secure.


To find the right college you have to know what it is that you want first. I always learn much faster and better in small groups. As a child I was extremely shy, which has also played a small role in my learning techniques as well. I also tend to learn more from people that I know. So for me a small school seemed like the only logically choice. On the other end of the spectrum I have friends who love to be in large groups. They want to hear what more people think to learn that way. They also tend to be much more outgoing so they wouldn't be just another number in a classroom. For them a larger school was the better choice. No matter what school you choose make sure you feel good about it from the first moment you step foot on campus to the minute you agree to go there.


Go with your gut and always choose a school that you FEEL is right. Never decide based on the money they give you... or because someone else says something about the school. Always visit the schools too, so you know exactly what is best for you. You may know a college that you want to go to, but if you don't visit and see the school at the beginning of the term it might be the opposite of what you are looking for. Always visit and look into talking to people on the campus. If people aren't friendly on the campus maybe it isn't a good idea to attend the school.


One of the most important parts about finding the right college for you, is deciding the size of the university. If you prefer big universities, you have to be prepared for the overwhelming amount of people that you'll be dealing with day to day; whether it be in the dining hall, walking around campus, in the classroom, or on your floor level. The best part about large schools is sporting events. This is where all the students can come together and really go all out in showing their pride and unity. It's breathtaking to see that you belong to such a community. If you prefer smaller universities, you have to realize that there might not be specific sports or clubs that you would have wanted. Fortunately, at these colleges, the students often have the ability to take charge of the extracurricular activities and bring their interests to the college's community. Small colleges also allow for more leadership opportunities, more personal relationships with professors, and more individual support. Knowing whether you'll be more comfortable and empowered in a 20 person class or a 200 person class is important in the final desicion.


Choosing a college is a big decision. The key is to remember that there's no such thing as a "perfect" school?you'll find many colleges and universities that match your preferences. Explore your interests and take the time to find the college that's right for you.


you have to be open minded and find a place that you feel is the right choice for you.


Take your time! Just because many of your child's friends will be headed off to college right after high school doesn't mean that's the best option for you. Sometimes taking a year off to work and really look deeply into what you want for the future can make all the difference. I find that students that do this tend to go to college more focused and ready to work hard and make good decisions. If you want to find the right college, definitely ask the students. Facebook can be an excellent tool to see pictures of campus activities and get a feel for what students at a given school are all about. Also, be conservative with loans and money. Remember that you'll be paying off those loans alongside car payments and rent/mortgage in the future. So before you sign yourself up for an expensive study abroad, look hard for scholarships and remember that you can always go to these places later in life when you have more control over your finances!


When looking for the right collge, make sure you tour the campus and observe the atmosphere that surrounds the campus.


VISIT THE CAMPUS and talk to THE STUDENTS! The upperclassmen especially, they know the ins and outs of the campus. Also speak with faculty from various fields, make sure that the college offers coursework you will find to suit your needs best.


I would tell them to look at as many colleges as possible and make sure that they have the program you want to do. Also look at the campus, the activities, everything and make sure that you really like the school. Make sure that it is somewhere that you know you will like and have fun at because if you don't like your school or you aren't enjoying yourself then it was probably not the right school for you. As for making the most of your college experience I would say do anything and everything you want to do. If there is an activity that you want to do but aren't sure about or don't want to go alone, go anyways because you will most likely have fun and make new friends. Also try to get off campus and enjoy the surrounding area as much as possible because you will be spending alot of time in that city and you want to know what there is to do for fun and you want to have somewhere to go when you need some relaxing time. Just make the most of it and don't regret anything.


Find a college that gives you the most money !!!