Decide what size of school works, pick a school that has a wide variety of majors and possible areas of study as transfering between colleges is a very irritating and hard thing to do. Go into college with an open mind and a desire to learn and improve yourself and become the individual that you would like to become.
Look at the core.
I would advise that students just look around at many different schools even if your not that interested in them just to see whats out there. When you have narrowed it down to a couple of schools make sure that you ask some of the current students that you find on campus about the areas and programs of the school that you are most interested in because they tend to be a little more honest than school administrators who are, after all, paid to promote the scool to perspective students. While at school you should make sure to have plenty of fun, but also make sure that you don't neglect your school work especially freshman year because that is after all the whole reason that you are there. Finally no matter where you go or what you do try to get invovled and put yourself out there and make all the friends that you can, trust me it will make your college experience all the more enjoyable.
Advice that I would give parents is to let their child make their own choice. Do not pressure their child to choose a college based on the locality of the school in proxmity to their home or the financial aid that the school awards. Students, when choosing a college, look at the college course curriculum, speak with teachers, and try to find out as much about the academic program and availibility of classes that you can. If money is an issue, don't simply look at the amount of scholarship or financial aid you might recieve. Look at the graduation rate and the number of students who go on to graduate school or find careers after college. Visit the campus! Sit in some classes, talk to current students. This is the place you'll be spending the next 4 years of your life at. You will want to be comfortable and happy. Most of all, to make the most of your college experience, get involved! Join a sport or club, make friends with people other than the girls who live down the hall from you. Be independent!
Just remember to have fun, but your first choice is not always the one you need to stick with.
make sure the school has the field that you/ or your child are interested in.
I would definitely suggest that parents and students visit schools they are interested in, because pamphlets and pictures don't always give you the complete picture. Also, it's important to choose the school that's right for you, and not to do what your friends are doing. Make sure to do a lot of research for the type of school you are interested in to see if it's right for you.
Do your research! Do not settle!
There are many things that should come into consideration when choosing a school. First, establish a distance from home (whether it be far or close). Next, take campus tours to get a feeling of the school. Choose a school size that fits you. Meet with the dean of admissions; for me a good vibe from the people in admissions lead to a friendly school. Location is another important aspect to a school (Urban or rural). I suggest visiting each school and choosing the one that "feels" right.
Finding the school that is best for yourself may be a challenging experience. I suggest visiting the campus prior to applying. Once you set foot on the campus you can tell which one is right for you. Think of class sizes, do you want to be sitting in a class full of hundreds of people where you are just a number. Think about if you want a big university or a close knit college. For me going to a small high school, Le Moyne was a perfect fit. To make the most of your experience in college you have to say hi to everyone. Be outgoing, everyone is scared at first, and they want to meet new people. Be extraverted, and enthused. Be responsible, do your homework early so you aren't picking up the slack last minute. Take advantage of opportunities and activities on campus, you never know who you will meet. Lastly, don't take this experience for granted. You make the choices that will aid in your future career and meet the people that will be your friends for a very long time.
Look at all different kinds of school: large schools, small schools, medium sized , private, public, religious affiliated. Visit the school and find out if it's a suitcase school or not. Don't rule out private schools because of the expense, financial aid can be very good at a private school. Once you get to college, join clubs, don't eat in your room, and get involved with campus activities. The real college experience is what happens outside of the classroom.
Make sure you go to a school that fits your needs. Decide whether you want to attend a big, medium, or small school.
Make sure the college is a good fit its far more importent than the cost. If the school can help with finding jobs after graduation thats worth more than any cost.
Go to a college that you are interested in and don't let the cost influence your decision.
they need to have classes to prepare one for the graduate tests
I'd visit as many college campus as possible to see if you "fit" there.
First and foremost I recommend that students actually take the time to visit as many college campuses as possible that match the description of what you are looking for (with perhaps a few choices that our slightly outside your comfort zone). From there choosing the right one is a simple matter of asking questions that give you a reasonable understanding of what life is like there (especially if you seek on-campus housing) and choosing which you feel more comfortable at. Do not be afraid to listen to your gut-feelings (an important life lesson so might as well get started with it). As for making the most out of college, make sure you socialize with as many individuals as possible. Network (drop names, numbers, facebook accounts, etc) with people (and professors) and go to campus activities and even a few parties. This does not mean you have to drink. I recommend going to a few of them sober; you might be surprised by what you see. Academically speaking do not try to rush your education and actively participate (you will learn a lot more). More importantly take classes that interest you even if they are not in your major.
Talk to people who have gone to the school so you can get the real story on how good the school is.
As a parent or student in search of the right college one must consider the location of the college, the overall morale of the students, the size of the classes and the mission statement of the college. All of these things are very important; one must list likes and dislikes, comparing and contrasting the key points, and make a decision based on which college makes one feel more comfortable with the idea that four years of one's life will be spent there. Participating in shadowing a student at colleges one is interested is also important as it provides insight into what life is like as a student at these colleges.
Dear Student: Good luck in selecting the "right college" in order to continue your educational enlightenment! I remember the dreaded process well... A Senior in a small public high school in upstate New York, I was determined to get into the top school of my choice, and because I had a high GPA, I thought my spot was guaranteed. I was wrong. Although not getting accepted to an "Ivy league" school was a let-down, I currently consider it one of the best things that's ever happened to me. I ended up going to my "back-up" school, still a very good, small private liberal arts college, and I learned the hard way that the college experience is for each individual what they make of it. As a Senior, working on my Honors thesis and about to graduate in May, I wish I had known earlier the advantages of getting involved in my own college experience. My advice to any incoming freshman is this: Take your own life by the reins! GET INVOLVED! Whether it's research, a new or existing club, music, theatre....just delve into this new, free world...don't wait, there's only four years!
follow your head
I think that the most important thing for a student and parents of that student to do is visit the college. Get a tour of the dorms, and other facilities so you will know if you could spend four years living there. Also, try to find something that you think would be an easy transition. A school similar in size to your highschool is probably better. Classes with smaller student: teacher ratios seem to be nicer, and more helpful when getting help, or asking for letters of recomendation. Also, make sure there are jobs available for the student, whether on campus, or off campus depending on the traveling abilities of that student. Other than that, just make sure they ask for help when they need it, and try to get involved on campus, make you name heard so people know you. Connections are a plus.
The right college is out there for everyone. First, figure out what interests you, then go online and see what schools can match that. Also look for a school that has many majors because your major wil more than likely change. The best way to find the best fit for you is to test them out! Most colleges through the admissions department have tours and over night stays. I highly recommend participating in both of these programs. Ideally when picking out a college you want to attend there for 4 years, so if you have never stepped on campus how do you know if you like it? I recommend meeting with a professor and a student to get their perspectives. Find out the clubs they offer and other extra curricular activities. Ask a lot of questions. When visiting the campuses the moment you walk on, you'll know what you like. Also make a list of items that are important for you- what you are looking for in a school. Every college you visit, rank each item according to school to see which school is the best fit!
First, visit every school that you are thinking about attending. You need to feel comfortable there, otherwise it is not worth the money or your time. Secondly, get involved. Go to events, join clubs, meet people. This does not mean you have to drink, it just means get out there and make friends and have a good time.
I would say that you need to visit the campus and get a feel about the atmosphere. Do not judge a school on how much money you are getting or how wealthy or what not the students look. It is all about the feel and what you want out of a school.
I would advise students and parents to visit all your possible schools, and to not be afraid to check out someplace unexpected. Also, be open to new activities, people, and ideas when you get to school--it is very helpful in making friends and getting to know the campus. Lastly, don't feel like you have to compromise who you are to fit into a new school--the right place is out there!
If you are going to spend the money on going to college, get the most out of the experience. Take advantage of the extra things offered on campus, and take advantage of the opportunity to visit college campuses. I did not visit any colleges beforehand and I could have really regretted it. I got very lucky, and ended up at a school that worked out great for me, but I know alot of people who ended up very unhappy because of their lack of interest in touring their schools of choice. Remember, too, if you find yourself bored there are probably 5 or 6 different events on campus that you could be participating in. Get involved, stay active, and remember to study at least once in a while!
visit many campus , ask questions , find out about financial aid and scholarship oppurtunities , ask currant questions about their experiences on campus, also find out class size and how living arrangments are , doing this should make it easy to tell if this is the right school for you
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