1) Know what you want from your education
2) Research the school name recognition in that chosen area
3) See how the campus feels - I am aware that a weekend at any campus is not going to show anyone what campus life is going to be like day-to-day, but at least you can get a good ideas about 'deal breakers'
4) Are you seriously ready to be challenged? Ex. Don't go to an Ivy league school if you are looking for community college effort.
I advise students and their parents to have a solid plan in regards to attending college. There are many aspects of college life that get overlooked such as financials, housing, and social life. Often times, tuition and/or housing costs increase or a student may lose a grant or scholarship due to slipping grades. It is difficult for students to stay focused on academics if they're worrying about how they're going to pay for school, or even having to get a job to make it through the school-year.
Students and their parents should be involved with looking ahead to housing situations. Sometimes schools don't have housing for upper classmen which leaves them to find an off-campus apartment that may be in a dangerous neighborhood, inconvenient location, and costly.
Lastly, students and parents should consider what type of social scene they would like to experience at a school. Sometimes students feel uncomfortable at a school that is high in school spirit, or may feel left out at schools where partying and drinking are evident. Some feel like they are not getting a full college experience by attending a school that has few extracurricular activities and organizations.
Just do what feels right for you. If it doesn't feel right when you visit, the school's not going to be the right fit later on. The same goes for college life, try everything, but if it's just not you, don't stick with it, it'll only make you miserable and take away time that could have been spent on something you really enjoy. DO NOT REMOVE THE SHRINK WRAP FROM THE TEXTBOOKS UNTIL THE PROFESSOR CONFIRMS THAT IT IS THE CORRECT BOOK! If you bought the wrong book you will not get all your money back if it is open. Even if you are 100% positive it is the right book, don't open it. Oh, and if you go to drexel, sell your books back to the shady white van, he pays more than the book store.
I believe the most important thing in any college search is to follow your heart. Call it cliche, but if you step on campus during a tour and have a feeling that this is where you have to be, then it just may be it. Everything happens for a reason, and if you feel like you belong, you can handle whatever comes you way better. Also, students, do not give into excessive pressure to choose a school. If you don't want to go to an IV League school or if you don't want to pick a certain major, then don't! If you're not happy with your choices, you will never be able to make the most of your education. You may be good at what you do, but without passion, you can never be better.
I would definitely advise parents and students to start researching schools end of sophmore year or beginning of junior year of high school. The highschool I went to didn't really help me find the right college so do not fully depend on counslers at school. The student needs to keep their GPA up and try not to fall in to the dreaded senioritis. Also the parent should try not to pressure their child because the pressure definitely affects the student's abilities; just help by supporting them. Also start finding financial aid options as soon as possible to minimize taking out student loans. The student needs to prepare to be living on their own if they decide to live on campus and being more independent while the parent needs to prepare for the financial stress and their child leaving home.
My suggestion is to do a few things. First, find somewhere you are comfortable. The next, somewhere you can afford. Third, a school that either has exactly what you're looking for or a school where if you don't know what you want you know you have many options available to you. If you're someone who is interested in a variety of things, make sure it's a school that has either a variety of minors or a variety of extra curricular activities. The most important thing though, is finding a school that you won't regret going to. If you know you're going to be miserable going to a school and you're only going because you can afford it, honestly, don't go! I had serious trouble finding somewhere I could afford and finding ways to pay for schoo, but trust me, there's a way around everything, I promise.
My advice to parents and students would be to be pragmatic and do your research. Find an institution with a culture that matches your personality. For example, if you are a very free spirited individual should you choose a school that is conservative? Additionally, look for a college that will meet your financial and academic needs and challenge you to grow via a diverse network of students and faculty. Attend open houses, tour the campus, and reach out to current students and alumni for an objective perspective about the school. It is also important to make the most of your college experience. Get involved on campus! Statistics show that students who get involved are more likely to be satisfied with their collegiate experience and are more likely to complete their tenure. College should provide a comprehensive learning experience. Learning shouldn't end when classes adjourn. Nor should school be all work and no fun. Thus, actively explore the extracurricular and professional opportunities your school offers from student organizations to internships to networking opportunities. Engaging in these activities makes you more attractive to prospective employers who are interested in more than your GPA. In short, choose wisely and maximize the oporrtunity.
First and foremost the student should know what field of study they want to enter, so that they can look at college that are current and knowledgeable in that area of study. Then the student must ask if him/herself how commited they are to their academic studies. I have seen some many people here at Drexel University waste ten of thousands of dollars of either their or their parent's money just because they rather party and drink instead of doing the necessary work to get good or just even passing grades. So if the student is commited then I would enroll yourself into the best school possible no matter how expensive becasue if you are dedicated to learning and staying on track; you can hopefully always find a way to pay for it. You just have to use every resource possible you can and do some study on how loans and financial aid works. To sum everything up, if you want to do well and attend a good college that will get you where you want to go in life, just keep studing and commited to making your life better.
It is important to do adequate research on the university you plan on attending. It is important to find a college that is the right fit for you and offers the most opportunity as opposed to simply a name.
Chose a school that has the unique features you want for your future, but somewhat out of your comfort zone. Take a chance in a new geographical area, number of students...etc. College isn't just about going to class, its about learning the diversity of the real world. When you graduate and are forced into the real world, you will need those experiences to look back on. Through college there is a maturity that is learned between, highschool and the real world. I would also recommend looking for a school that offers, or encourages internships. My experience at Drexel has surpassed my expectations due to my interships. I have had real world experience, as well as a more developed resume than most graduated students. The real world influence and networking possibilites are endless, and well worth it.
For students, think about what works for you. Understand whether you can live in a big city or a small town away from home. Share your personal space with someone else. Can you push yourself academically or do you preferre a small classroom where the professor knows you ? Research the places that are likely to higher someone with the degree you will have. If it's a big city business then go to school some where with access so you can get your foot in the door. Don't focus on party schools and social scenes, every school has one. Parents, make a list of what is important for you as a parent. Finacial aid, living conditions, safety, stress management, etc. Then go to the open house and ask all your questions until they are clearly answered. Better yet, ask the students that aren't paid to run the orientation, they're more likely to tell the honest truth and not just what the college wants you to hear. SEE ALL THE DORMS!! Some are kept in better condition than others and sometimes your child may not be able to choose which one he or she will be living in.
Choosing the right college really depends on your personality and what you want to get of your college career. Some students go to college, just to go to college, others go because they want to get a degree in something they enjoy doing. Determining the right college weighs heavily on those factors. Make sure that the college you choose has a good reputation in the field you are studying, it will really help your chances in finding a job after graduation. I highly recommend a school with a Coopertive Education/Internship program. From my experience it is a tremendous help in determining exactly what you want to do when you graduate and fine-tune your interests and therefore the classes that you should take. Don't get discouraged by the cost of the university either, there are lots of programs and government financial aid availiable these days, so don't settle for a lesser-known school because of financial concerns. In the end, it pays off.
I think it is most important to find out how happy the current students are in the same major. Find out if you can handle the course load and how much time you will have to enjoy being young. I also think it is most important to understand the cost, with intrest, so you will know where you stand when you graduate.
The most important aspect of finding a college is visiting it. It is best to get a feel for the campus and sit in on the classes. I personally also believe that students should attend the best school possible for their educational and career purposes. Try to get the pulse of what professionals in your field of study think about the school.
I personally know that choosing the right college for you or your child is an exciting and nervous time. You have to find an institution that offers the major that you want, but if you have not decided what you want to major in yet, then an institution that offers what you may be interested in in the future. I recommend visiting the campuses and taking the tours that they offer to get a feel of how the campus is and the activities that occur during that time. Another advice I think is useful is to ask the tour guides, current students, and administration a lot of questions about the campus and life there. I'm sure they will be happy to answer them. Once you have been accepted into the institution, you should talk to your classmates, stay focused on your schoolwork, and socialize on your free time. I would like to emphasize that time management is very important. Also, I find that some students do not like talking to their professors but I strongly recommend it because they are always willing to help and they will know that you are trying to understand the material.
Search long an hard for the right school for you. Don't cheat yourself by not looking at all the options that interest you, and even those that don't necessarily fit you perfectly (hey, you might be surprised). Find somewhere that offers the program that you need, that will teach in the way you need to be taught. Once you decide where you're headed, don't sweat it, you're in a good place. If at first it doesn't feel right, it's college, it's new. Lots of people struggle with the new experience. But in the end no matter where you end up, each school has the same potential for everyone, it's you who will make the difference for yourself. Live it up! And never quit searching for what will make you happy.
After looking back on my experience and my friend's experiences with the college process, I would say it is most important to find a college that fits your academic as well as financial needs. A lot of people look at colleges soley based on name recognition. Although this may be important to some, I believe it is the experience you create for yourself that matters most. My advice would be to find a college you can afford that also fits you as a person. Many students are in debt when they graduate, and it is really not a good feeling! Most colleges have a lot to offer, but it is up to the student to take advantage of the opportunites around them. Once you get to college I would suggest to join as many clubs, sports, or activities as you can find time for. It is a great way to jump into the college experience and meet a lot of people. I believe a student can excel at any college they attend if they embrace what it has to offer.
Make sure it has the programs that you desire to have as choices
Campus visits are important. You have to be comfortable with the campus and the area around it. You have to be able to see yourself not only attending that college but enjoying being there. Once you attend a college it is important to be open to new things and to get involved. By doing this, you'll make all different types of friends. This will not only make your experience a great one but it will also help you grow as a person.
Tour the school, talk to some of the current students and see what they say, but also remember to take what they say with a grain of salt. They could be having a bad week/term. The workload will always be more than in high school so try and find an upper-classman and not a freshman to talk to about that.
Do not let your children go far from home their first year away.
Visit each campus of the colleges you have preselected on the basis of your interests, scholastic ability, your desire for a small or large campus, a rural or urban environment, and one which both you and your parents approve. You will find each has a different personality and may know right away at which institution you will most likely succeed. Choose one college as a safety net - one to which you are sure to be accepted. Aim higher for two - those where you hope your grades are good enough and would be really happy to attend. And finally, aim for the farthest reaches of your hopes for acceptance. College will be a huge adjustment. WORK first. Play second. Seek help when you need. Plant some seeds of friendship. Be ready to grow and experience success and even failure at times. Take time to recognize the value of your new experiences. Share the stories of your college life with your old friends and especially with your parents. And finally, perhaps trite but true - to thine own self be true.
Don't let your parents make you go where they wish they would have gone, or push you to a school because of cost. A good education that you'll ENJOY is more important than anything!
I would advise someone to just weigh out all the options and follow their heart. Which ever college you feel as though is the best choice for you is the one you should attend. Although social life should be a huge factor, i do not feel that it is wise to base your college choice solely on if you will fit in or if you will enjoy yourself. Take risks because it will definitely pay off!
When looking for a good college, make sure you take the amount you pay into considereation. Money ends up always being a big deal when it comes to daily activities. You dont want to be a a lot of debt by the time you get out of college. Al so make sure you like the campus. You are only in college for so long and you want to make sure that you enjoy where you stay. You dont want your college experience to be a boring one. Know where the money you are giving is going to. How well is the school managing the money that they make from their students. Are they really using this money to improve your childs education or to just spend it on pointless things. Food is something everyone needs so make sure that the food at college is good or else you might end up going hungry. Don't look into just cafeteria food but also food on campus and how late places will be open. And one really big thing you should look into is the quality of the classes that are offered. Best way would be to ask current students at school.
I would advice for parents and student to make their decisions together and to consider all the pros and cons from both the parents and the students point of views. For example, Parents may be concerned with academics and their children with extracurricular activities and sports teams; but it is all of these factors and more than complete a great collegiate experience. Futhermore, students should not feel the pressure of deciding a major, but it is highly beneficial (financially and to your time) if you consider deciding on a major that interests you. Lastly, visit the school and speak with students and teachers to really get a feel of the college.
When you are searching for the best college for you make sure to visit as many college campuses as possible. While you are there make sure you feel at home in the place you are at. Look into everything: financail aid, class sizes, work development, activities, whatever you need to think about and is important to you. When you et to college make as many friends as possible, especially in each of your classes so you have someone to study and work with. After that find activities that fit you such as a fraternity or sorority, band, student government anything. Get involved but always keep your grades up and study, study, STUDY!
I think once you step on to a campus, you know if it's the right fit. You'll have a sense of excitement and belonging, and that's where you should enroll.
To make the most out of your college experience, you need to full emerse yourself in college life. College is the last chance most people have to explore whatever their heart desires, and you should do just that. Take any class you're interested in, join all the clubs you want to join, see all the things you want to see. Make friends, and go to plays, and cheer on your sports teams. Being in college, you have everything there at your fingertips. You just have to reach out and grab it.
Drexel is a good school for goal oriented students. The students, professors, and staff are really helpful. Also we have a coop opportunity that can help gain more experience in your field so that you can have experience before actually finding a job.
Determine for yourself, whether or not you believe your child will be comfortable in a setting where responsibility is longer forced upon them but for the most part, expected of them. It is easy for students to choose a college where they will be the farthest distance from their parents in order to have "freedom." However, in several cases this freedom can end up hurting a student because they are not ready for this responsibility; only a parent can determine whether or not they are ready for that, not a school brochure or a campus visit. Afterall, the freedom your child exhibits at school IS their greatest responsibility and their most potential factor to excell or fail. In my opinion, social networking should be the second thing to discuss because I have found college students to be much more diverse and therefore, open to all types of people. Most certainly your child. The most important thing a parent can do for their child at this stage in their life is to help them decide a school where they will be driven to pursue academic excellence and mature as an adult without the aid of your hand. "Study now, party later."
First of all, money is not everything. I know it complicates things and is a concern, but attending the best program for your career and getting the grades is the most important thing. If you do that, you will get a job that allows you to pay off all those loans. The most crucial advice I can give is that students need to push themselves and challenge themselves! Choose a school that allows you to be challenged, you will enjoy it so much more and be a better person for it. Boredom is the enemy of any student. An "easy A" can quickly change to a failure from boredom and complacency. A school with a semi-flexible curriculum that allows students to challenge themselves within their field can be so much more rewarding. You are going to pay a lot of money for these years of education. Don't waste it. Learn all you can, while you can and never stop learning, in college and in life.
Look into the campus life and environment and try to picture yourself in that setting.
Don't let your children go to Drexel unless they really understand the term system. It is really hard to get used to the pace. Everything flys by fast and you have to stay on top of the course work.
The most important advice I would give to anyone seeking a college where they will be happy is that this time is a jumping-off point for the rest of one's life. Rather than comparing it to what experiences you might have had in the past, including your upbringing and high school experience, think instead of what you want for the future. Not only must one think about what they want in their career, but in the kind of people you will befriend and in the person you want to become. It is easy to get caught up in your superfluous wishes in what one wants in a college, but it takes a more thorough search to discover what deeper knowledge you will learn there. Also ask what makes one college different from others. If it is a place that gives you a distinct image, then it will also impress you in a unique way during your time there. Above all, make the decision for yourself. As much as other students and critics have some opinions, it is your own viewpoint that will most form your experience.
Although you may not get into your first choice school, everything happens for a reason. Make sure to make the best of the school you do choose to attend, involving yourself both within campus activities and clubs and also outside of campus, in a workplace, for example. These are the best years of your life, the time you have to find yourself before selling your soul to a graduate school and then afterward , the workplace. This is the time to sleep in, stay out late, party like you're on spring break, because after this you're too old for everything.
The college experiance involves not just academia, but also a broadening of social values and experiances. When choosing a college it is best not to focus completely on one to the extent that the other slides out of focus. An engineering school may have an excellent chance of you graduating early and getting a competative edge in the job market, but you will be miserable there if you don't enjoy Texas Instruments as much as your peers do. Always keep your interests at heart to ensure you do not end up as one of the many dispaced students floating about struggling to figure out why they don't fit in. Conversely, don't join a school only known for it's parties. A party is only fun for a couple of hours, which is why they only last that long. You will quickly become a profoundly bored alchoholic if there is nothing intellectually stimulating about your school of choice.
Make sure the university takes a huge part in understanding how the student feels and that they will do everything they can to help the student when they are in need.
Visit the campus if possible, talk to students who will be in your major who are not part of the honors program, and who are not your tour guides or your tour guides' friends.
When looking for the "right" college, first understand what the student wants to do when they graduate. If they don't know, make sure they go to a larger univeristy with many options. But if they are looking for something specific from their college, then the oportunities available in that field should be your determining factor.
Also, You done have to go to a top 'party school' to have a LOT of fun; its college, your going to have fun!
Finding the right college is all about you: what you want out of life, and how likely it is that that will change. Many people go into college not knowing exactly what they want to do, or not feeling certain about their decision. This is why it is important to consider what you might do if your chosen major doesn't work out: will you transfer, will you change majors, or will you drop out altogether? I believe it is very important to be able to test out what you will likely be doing when you start working. Choosing a school with a strong internship program is a very good idea since you can figure out whether or not you really want to continue with the major BEFORE it's too late. One thing I found is that life's no fun if all you can ever do is stress about classes and grades and never have time for a break. Getting into a fantastic school is great, but do you really want to overburden yourself to the point where you can't go to school anymore? Be reasonable about your abilities and choose a school you can enjoy.
First and foremost you need to pick a college where you will be able to succede. Dont just choose a school for its social life, however at the same time make sure there is some kind of social aspect. It is very hard to succede somewhere when you are not happy where you are. Try and find the right balance of academics and social life in your choice of school.
The one advice I would give parents and students about finding the right college and making the most of the college experience would be to do a lot of research. College visits and research is important into getting to know the environment of the school and knowing how the campus operates. Understanding the college's mission and obligations is important. Also, getting involved in extra-curricular activities, sports, clubs, and community service is a fantastic way of making the most of the college experience. The student will develop, adapt, and learn how to make new friends and work with many different people. It is important for the student to expose him or herself to the campus and explore every opportunity that may interestest him/her because you never know when an opportunity may come again. The student can develop the greatest friendships in the least expected places and gain professional experience that can be taken into classes or the student's future career.
Go with your gut instinct not what some magazine article or report tells you. Visit the campus and get to know the professors.
I'd advise students and parents ro research the school they interested in. Take a weekend to visit the visit the school and look for the following: the social atmosphere, student's opinion about the study he or she is interested in, the distance between campus and home, and overall finances. While researching these factors consider whether is the compatible to the student's preference. Furthermore, the outcome of social gatherings shouldn't be the primary factor in finding the appropriate college. There much more to college than partying at wee hours of the morning. Students should think about the curriculum they are interested in. They should focus whether they will enjoy applying what they have learned in the long run. Once student's have chosen the college they have select, parents shoudl fill out the FAFSA forms early. The earlier it is filled out, the faster parents can act on the difference if the full scholarship isn't applied. Lastly, students should be aggressive on the scholarship opportunities they possess. The benifits to most grants and scholarships is students don't have to pay them back.
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Find a college that offers the major you WANT to do, not what you think will offer the most money. I go to Drexel because it offers what I love to do, writing. Writing is my passion, I'd never choose Medicine over Screenwriting just because it pays more since I have no passion for it. Also, find a college you are sure you can afford. Money is just an unnecessary stress.
Make sure its what the student want. Do not let the parent choose for you. It's your life and your future.
I think I would give advice to students about picking their college is making sure they go big first and then narrow it down. By this I mean make your first decsions very broad, pick 10 or 15 schools that you like based on superficial things. Then look at each one individually and start to look at more impotant things within those schools. Like programs, size, faculty to student ratio. Make sure they have things you enjoy doing and make sure it is in a location you like, remember you will be living there (or most will). To parents I would say deffinatly help your kids out, it is a stressful time in a childs, yes they are still children, life. They need all the help and support so they make and you make a good thoughtout decision. I hope that tghis information helps. Thank you.
Make sure you visit the campus and actually get the vibe of how it would feel as a student there.
I have two pieces of advice to offer. First, plan far in advance for financial aid; it may take you longer than you anticipated to get what you need. Starting to look in the February or March before the beginning of fall term is not too early.
Second, shop for books. Drexel University, at least, suggests that you budget around $2,000 for books for a year. While books are more expensive than many people anticipate, you can often find them on the internet and in used book stores for much cheaper. Some useful sites are Craigslist, Half.com and Abebooks.com. Additionally, many books are often listed as required but that is not always the case. You may want to purchase the main text book for a course and hold off on secondary materials until you get a syllabus. If you prefer to buy your books online, it is best to buy all materials before classes start, since shipping times vary. Be prepared and informed on how to return books. To avoid purchasing textbooks, many professors put copies on reserve at the campus library. Other college/university libraries or local public libraries may also have them available.
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