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Choosing Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In a previous posting, we discussed the topic of choosing the right kind of institution.  But once you know the kind of institution is right for you, how do you pick which school is right for you?  Many of the same considerations for which kind of education institution a student should go to are also valid for choosing which college you go to. 


To recall from that previous post and expand upon it, a student starts with where what they are good at intersects with what they like to do.  From there, you identify career fields associated with these activities – what jobs are in these careers that a student would like – and what schools graduate students with the degree that has the highest odds of getting a job and at the highest pay.  But there are other considerations to take into account when choosing a school as well.  Is the school located in an area a student wants to live?  Is walking to class in snow ok for months on end?  What is the average time to graduation?  What about rain?  Does a student learn better in larger classroom settings or smaller ones?  What about homesickness?  Does the school also carry the students’ second or third choice of major considering 50% of students change major?


The same programs we mentioned before such as your school’s Naviance program, high school counselor, and College Board’s Big Future Programs are all good resource.  College Bound is your resource for coaching you through this process.


Stay updated with our next topic: “What is important to current college students regarding the colleges they chose?”In a previous posting, we discussed the topic of choosing the right kind of institution.  But once you know the kind of institution is right for you, how do you pick which school is right for you?  Many of the same considerations for which kind of education institution a student should go to are also valid for choosing which college you go to. 
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