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


The moment I set foot on the campus where I currently attend college, I knew it was the right choice for me. Don't forget that the college you choose will be your home away from home for at least four years of your life, so the atmosphere should be something that makes you feel comfortable. If you do choose to attend the college that seems to "click" with your personality, academic goals, and social life, making the most of your college experience is a piece of cake. Making friends will seem easy, because many of the people on your campus will have the same goals as you. You can then join campus groups, get involved in community service or just hang out with the people you meet in class, in your residence hall, or as friends of friends. Be open to new experiences, and college will be the best time of your life. as well as preparation for the future.




The only advice I can give is to choose the best college that we can afford where their is good quality of education adn where we can expertise ourselves and enjoy most part of our life.


Visiting the campus is a must and take the opportunity to talk to current students .


Find a school that feels like home, then make the most of your time there. Join activities that will enhance your time there and don't be afraid to take risks. Try a new activity or join a new club...allow yourself to associate with new people, and open yourself up to new experiences and people. Do your homework first, and play later - if you sit down and do your work early, you'll still have plenty of time to do all the fun things you want to, and your grades will be much better as a result. Surround yourself with positive people and take some time to give back to your community - the gratitude you get from others will be worth taking time out of your day to do it. Make decisions that you won't regret later in life, and make memories that you're going to want to remember for the rest of your life. Take naps so you can stay up late talking, eat bad food, and do something stupid every once in a while. Enjoy your time and don't waste a minute.


The best advice that I could give parents and/or students is to take full and complete advantage of the campus tours that are offered by the schools while the school is in session. The campus tours truly give you a feel for the atmosphere of the campus and a general feel of the habits of the student body. It is most imperative that a prospective student applies to schools of different sizes, because some students are more acclimated to a school of a small or medium size as opposed to a very large school. As far as making the most of the college experience, I have found that obtaining a high GPA is not satisfying enough; a student must remember to stay active in their school whether it be in athletics, volunteering, or clubs. Maintaining high grades and maintaining a stable social life are the true makings of the collegiate experience. The things that students must always keep with them are their college experiences, for it is those experiences that truly gauge the value of their college years. While grades are extremely important, students must maintain the balance between social and academic life so that they may enjoy college.


College may be hard to adjust. I know it took me about one semester to truly adjust. But school is great! Lots of work but if you are able to have good time management skills, it shouldn't be a problem. Work hard! Join clubs right away so you can meet people and eventually meet your niche :)


The right college is different for everyone, and the advide I would give to parents or students trying to find the correct school is to take your time and not to commit too early. Make sure to take a tour of the campus, find out information, and try to imagine yourself living on the campus. You want it to be a place your child or you can see themselves growing and enjoying the next four years attending. Do not wait until the last minute when applying to schools, take the initiative to start looking early and applying before the first day of senior year to cut back on the stress involved with the application process.


Advice that I would give would be to first make a list of all the qualities that you are looking for in a college. This list could include size, academic offerings, sports, extra-curricular activities, location, etc. After you have made a list of qualities try to research schools that meet these qualities. Next I would definitely go visit most, if not all, of the colleges that you are considering because seeing the campus could really help you in your decision process. Visiting gives you an idea of how the students on campus are and if you could see yourself going to that college. After deciding on what college you want to go to make sure that while you are there you make the most of the experience. I found that the best way to do this is to attend meetings of clubs that you are interested in, attend the events the school offers for your particular graduating class, go to sporting events, and try not to stay in every weekend. College is an amazing experience and the way to make the most of it is to know what you are looking to gain from this experience.


When looking for the right school, academics is important, no doubt. However, a school may have the best academic record in the country, but if it doesn't feel right then it is not going to be the right fit. Back in September of 2005, I was just a high school senior without any idea of what college was like. However, the moment I stepped onto Villanova University's campus, I knew that that was where I wanted to spend my next four years. The energy I felt was unlike anything else I has ever experienced. It pulsed through every student I met, every building I entered. It felt like home. That is my advice to parents and students looking to find the right college. If it doesn't feel right, if it doesn't feel like home, then it is going to be tough to make the most out of your experience. If you enjoy your school and like being there, you will become more involved and meet more people, and strive even that much harder to do well and get everything you can out of your college.


Find something that you will enjoy and afford. Prestige isn't everything, comfortability is.


The most important thing when selecting a college is considering the people you're going to surround yourself with. Because ultimately they're the ones who will primarily influence how you change over the next 4 years.


The premise of choosing a college in the time afforded from acceptance letters to deposit deadlines is unfair. Yet, the ensuing adrenaline rush forms a bond between those involved in the process, and warrants meaningful consideration and thought. Patience, practicality, and intuition are imperative in the process as college can change a student, but a student cannot change the undergraduates, environment or values of a college. Basing a decision solely on academic caliber, social scene, or proximity to the beach will undoubtedly compromise one?s college experience. I believe, and preach, selfishness in the selection process as the student is ultimately the individual on campus, in the classroom, and having pride in the Alma Marta. The student must be informed though, as it is their responsibility, and completely understand the social, financial, and post-graduate implications of their decision. When on campus tours, look beyond mock dorm rooms, glossy brochures, and perky tour guides; search for real students, flaws, and a glimpse of campus life. The next four years of life are earmarked with uncertainty, change, and hardships; enrolling in an institution which complements one?s personality and needs will yield a fruitful education, life-long friends, and priceless experiences.


Talk to more than one person who curretnly attends the school you are looking at. Getting responses from a diverse group of people is going to give you the best perspective of what the school has to offer, what campus life is like, and most importantly, the students currently attending are most likely going to give you some bit of information that the school (or its representative) did not tell you. I feel as though you should visit the campus more than once, perhaps before you apply, and again after you get accepeted. In doing so, you get a better feel of what the campus is really like, what the students do on a daily basis (how they dress, what extra ciricular activities are going on, etc). As far as making the most of the college experience, do anything and everything that is available to you. If asked to join a club, see a sporting event, go to a party, do it. College is a one time thing, the only way to make the most of it is by trying new things and branching out.


Go for your gut, I did and I am so happy I did.


Parents and students should work together through the college-application process. Be realistic. Determine a budget and designate schools into the following categories: reach, match, and safety. Within the budget, take into account textbook, health center, leisure/outing as well as travelling costs for home returns during breaks. The student at the very least should visit all the schools that he/she is interested in and has been accepted to. I would not waste time travelling to schools that the student is not interested in. When visiting campuses, the student should not be afraid to talk to students that attend the school, outside of the tour guide. This will allow the student to gauge whether he/she feels comfortable with at least a few people on campus. When finally choosing a college, factor in your gut feeling and whether it fits into the aforementioned budget. If it does not, I would move on. From personal experience, it can be very difficult to Parents and students should work together through the college-application process. Be realistic. Determine a budget and designate schools into the following categories: reach, match, and safety. Within the budget, take into account textbook, health center, leisure/outing as well as travelling costs for home returns during breaks. The student at the very least should visit all the schools that he/she is interested in and has been accepted to. I would not waste time travelling to schools that the student is not interested in. When visiting campuses, the student should not be afraid to talk to students that attend the school, outside of the tour guide. This will allow the student to gauge whether he/she feels comfortable with at least a few people on campus. When finally choosing a college, factor in your gut feeling and whether it fits into the aforementioned budget. If it does not, I would move on. From personal experience, it can be very difficult to ?cross the bridge when you get there,? when it comes to for school costs. Once on campus, be open to new experiences and force yourself out of your comfort zone for the most personal growth.


To find the right college, a student needs to know what they want to accomplish. By knowing the goals he/she wants to accomplish, the student can look for a college that will foster a path to accomplish those goals. Instead of looking for a college that friends may be going to, a student should find a college that fits his/her personality. The student should visit the college and talk to current students to find out what activities are available. Many universities have open houses run by administrators. However, it is difficult to understand what college is like through administrator's eyes. A student should talk to students themselves to understand what the college is about. Once a student has found the right college for them, the student has to get involved in activities to get the most out of the college experience. Without involvement, the college experience will simply pass a student by. There are so many activities and events on campus that one can get overwhelmed. A student just needs to find a few activities and participate to make the most of his/her experience.


look into the schools as much as possible. make sure the school is the right size for you and that it has the programs you want . look for schools with small class sizes and hands on professors. make sure that most of the professors have doctorates.


Visit the school and talk with real students there who are NOT on the orientation or welcoming committee. Those are always the most involved, most excited students. Talk to real students who can offer more candid opinions on the value of their education.


My college search was greatly assisted by my visits to the colleges I was interested in. By seeing a school, taking a tour, having a meal on campus, and talking to current students a perspective student and their family can get a good idea about which college is right for the student. The college experience is greatly enhanced by being in a school where you feel comfortable and secure. Villanova, for me, is the perfect balance of academics and fun. Knowing what you are looking for in a school is helpful and my college process was aided by knowning that I wanted a medium sized school, not far from a city, and that I wanted to be a nursing major. Do not rule any school out based on money, you never know what aid or scholarships you will be able to get.


Find somewhere that fits your budget. Also, class size and faculty are really important. Socially everyone can find something, but if you're really dependent on stuff like that, go somewhere that fits what you like socially, frats, clubs, bars, concerts etc. theres a school for everyone.


The "right college" is about much more than its finding, at least in the traditional sense. While it's certainly important to narrow your search using the internet, guidance counselors, and whatever other resources, in my opinion the right college can be found at any college. By this I mean that college is what you make of it. It's more likely than not that the high school you attended wasn't one from which you had a choice of thousands, however you attended it and made the most of it. By statistical chance you probably enjoyed it as the majority of people do. College is the same way. Sure, do your research, take tours, read brochures, think of location, size, staff, competition, majors, flexibility, reputation, and speak to current and former students, but keep in mind that whatever decision you make, college will be great as long as you make the most of it. There are often hidden facets and characteristics of a college or its surrounding area that, if taken advantage of, will provide you with educational and/or memorable experiences. That is what it's all about. Strive to learn and learn to enjoy life regardless.


You're going to college primarily to get an education, so make that your first priority. Having fun is always good, but make sure you do your homework and stay on top of your classes. You don't need to be positive as to what you're going to do in life, but make sure you don't pick a major that locks you into any one field. And whatever you do, don't stress out too much. If you're doing things right, college will be tough at times. But you'll make it through.


The college you pick is going to be your home away from home for the next four years. Thus, picking the right one is essential. When deciding on a college, please remember to take into consideration factors other than simply the academics (although that is definitely the most important!). One important factor to consider are your views on behaviors such as drinking, smoking, and drugs. Often times, if you do not pick the right school, it is easy to feel felt out should you not part-take in such activities. So, do research before you enroll. And once you get to school, remember to make the best of your college experience by finding people with similiar interest and values. Get involved in as many clubs and activities as you can, while still keeping up with school work, and you will make friends in no time. Lastly, be responsible while still enjoying your four years of college before you are thrust into the "real world".


It's absolutely essential to take a tour, but not with with a group. Group tours will only highligh the good things about a school, and try to avoid the bad. I was able to get a tour at my University with a good family friend who currently is attending and it made a huge difference. The group tour I took at another university seemed too impersonal, and wound up turning me off from it.


Make sure you visit every school and pick one with a size and location thats right for you


go with your gut.


The advice I would give is to be very open about your choices because sometimes you never know when the right school is in front of you. Definitely go on tours of the schools and see what the atmosphere is like. I personally had never heard of my school until I went to a college fair and the VP on admissions spoke to me and my parents and convinced us to come for a tour. I came and saw how nice everyone was and I loved it. Once in college, be sure to sign up for lots of clubs and organizations because it is the best way to meet new people. I came to school a week early for music camp and participated in Musical Theater and made so many friends. So by the time orientation started, I already knew people and felt at home. I am very shy, but you have to step out of your box and really embrace the opportunities you have in college, because there is so much more to it than academics, even though academics are your main reason for being here. Be social, be open-minded, and don't forget to have fun.


To find the right college, make sure that you visit all of the colleges that you have applied to and, if you can, take a private tour of the university and/or set up an appointment to sit in the back of a class and watch that class in action to get a feel for the academic environment of the school. Also, be sure to pick up the school's newspaper because that is where the true personality of the campus comes through. To make the most of the college experience, get involved. In many cases, colleges offer the same types of clubs and activities that are available in high schools, so you can either continue on the same path that you are on or you can try out new things. One of the best, and unique, parts of college is within the greek community, so if you are interested in making a lot of new friends while participating in service opportunities and campus-wide social activities, then greek life is right for you.


Go with what feels right.


Go with your gut


I would tell anyone looking at school to go out and walk around the campus themselves to see if they really feel a connection on campus. Websites and books can only tell you the facts; the feel and pulse of a college campus can only truly be experience by getting out a living it.


Make sure you take time and carefully look at any school you're interested in.


Make sure that you scout out all possibilities, and make sure you're not afraid to go through change in college - it'll probably be for the better.


let the kid make the decision


First of all, make sure you visit the school's that you have in mind. you really shouldn't make a decision unless you've been there. apply to as many schools as possible also, because you might be surprised at some of the financial aid packages that some school's give you and its better to have a lot of options than to limit yourself. also, talk to students and faculty while you're visiting the school and ask them a lot of questions. sometimes the information you get from a casual conversation with a stranger is the most valuable. as far as making the most out of the college experience, get involved. most schools have tons of clubs and extracurricular activities available. find what you like to do and get involved. you'll end up making life long friends and being way happier. don't be embarassed to try new things either-don't hold back!


When students are applying to schools and visiting them to find the one that is right for them they should definitely take into account the area in which the school is located and the student body of the college or university. These two things will have a very large impact on your life at school and even if you don't think that they will, they'll definitely affect your perfomance in the classroom. You're not going to thrive in a place or with people if you don't feel like you totally belong there. Once you're in school of course you have to take it seriously, but you also have to have as much fun as you can. Don't forget that you're young and that you'll never have an experience like this again in your life. Yes, study for the psychology test that you have tomorrow, but when you just can't study anymore go down the hall and watch season two of LOST with your friends for the rest of the night. Enjoy college, learn everything that you can, and always keep yourself open to new people and experiences.


Look at as many schools as possible. Think about everything you would potentially want to do with your life and go to a school with all those tastes in mind so you have a choice.


Make sure you visit the schools and try to talk to students that that dont work in admissions. While they are helpful with statistics, they are also taught what not so say, so try and get the real answers to all of your questions. Focus on things that are important to you, sports, service, size, and pay less attention to the name of the school because it is not as important as you initially think.


To the parents, allow your child to explore schools outside the 'typical' schools you hear of. To the students, explore what schools might be right for you, and then visit them. Find a school that is right for you and feels right. It could be your home for the next 4+ years.


If I could give one pice of advice to any parent or student trying to find the right college it would be to choose whatever school feels the most comfortable to you and your family because your college becomes your extended home for the next 4 years of your life.


Relax and weigh your options as objectively as you can. Avoid the temptation to choose a school based on its name and pick the school that fits you the best, go there, and do your best. Involve yourself on campus, but maintain your academics as your main focus.


I think that students should make a list of the colleges they would like to visit and then share and discuss them with their parents. Too many parents believe that it is up to them to find a place for their child to go for the next 4 years. Then bring a notebook in the car with you on all of your college visits. When you leave make sure you write down everything that you liked and disliked about the school. This way when you are trying to make a decision in you can refer back to it and not be confussed as to what school had what. Once you pick a school go into orientation and the first month with an open mind. It may not have been your first choice but make it worth it! Get involved! Go to lots of club meetings and find your nitche. By getting involved you will make friends easier and enjoy your freetime a lot more. Also don't fall behind in your work. Budget your time between friends, parties and work. remember why you are at school and don't let that $45,000 a year go to waste.


Visit, Visit, Visit. Websites and brochures do not tell you enough to make a decision. Every university can make themselves look good on a piece of paper. Visit and look at the facilities, talk to the students, sit in on a class of interest. Then you can make a better decision on the college right for you.


To students about making the most of the college experience.... Get Involved On Campus!!


Selecting the right college is a matter of identifying which school best reflects the personality of the applicant. When looking at each school, one must literally envision oneself functioning within the campus on an academic, professional, and social level. Every school will greet new students with a welcoming orientation, an inundation of information about extracurricular programs, and academic guidance programs. Therefore, the differentiating factor that should determine one's choice of college lies in the compatability between what the school offers and what the applicant desires from college. One must account for average class sizes, academic strengths, campus size and population, proximity to major cities, transportation on and around campus, social trends, and financial aid ability. Of course, one will learn quickly in college that the only way to truly judge anything is to experience it first hand. Applicants have to visit colleges that they take interest in before making a final decision. I encourage all high school seniors and their parents to take a day trip, spend a day with current students, and talk to as many faculty members as possible. Only by taking the initiative to search can a student find a school to fall in love with.


When finding the right college, you must know what you want. Ask yourself questions about class size, location, diversity, academics, housing and social life because those aspects of college will have a big impact on you. Look at the financial aid package and the possibilities of working on and off campus. When you can answer these questions with certainty, knowing exactly what you want, you will be ready to pick the best school for you and be able to make the most out of your college career. So remember have fun, be safe, but most importantly understand the sacrifices it took for you to get to college and take your academics seriously. Good luck!


Look past how pretty the buildings are or what the stereotype of the school is and go on the student population and what you want out of your next four years. Don't pick a party school because you think thats what college should be about if you aren't that big into partying. Understand that this will be your home for the next four years and do your best to picture yourself living there.


I would advise parents and students looking at colleges to keep an open mind. I looked at both large state schools and very small liberal arts school and Villanova falls somewhere in the middle. For me it is the perfect fit and I'm certain I made the right choice because I looked at schools of all sizes and types. Therefore I never doubt that I made the wrong choice and I think it's important to be firm in your decision and the best way to do that is to experience everything that is avaliable to you.


Put money aside when figuring out where you want to go. Do not let your parents pressure you, make the choice based on your heart.