Congratulations! You're getting close to the end of high school and it's time to start considering your options. If you decide that college is the right path for you, choosing the college that best meets your needs is a huge decision. Here are some helpful things to consider:
- Type of college: Is it a two-year institution or four-year? Is it religious or non-denominational? Is it single sex or co-ed?
- Size: Do you want to attend a large university or a smaller, more intimate school?
- Location: How far from home do you want to be? Do you want to be in a large urban setting or a place with a small-town feel?
- Campus life: After academics, what else does the school offer in terms of social clubs, activities, sports, cultural events, etc.?
- Academic programs: What do you want to study? Does this college offer the majors you are interested in? If you aren't sure yet, does the school have a wide range of programs to choose from?
- Cost: How much can your family afford? Does the school have a good scholarship program? What about financial aid packages?
- Diversity: What is the student body make-up? Is there racial, ethnic, geographic, or religious diversity?
- Overall feel: Make a visit to colleges you're interested in and go on campus tours. Make sure the college feels right to you.
College Navigator can help you refine your search for colleges that meet your criteria. When you know which colleges you want to apply to, you'll need to:
- Talk to your school counselor. He or she can help with applications, financial aid forms, and scholarship opportunities.
- Be aware of deadlines. Creating a calendar to keep you on track will help you meet deadlines for important tests, financial aid forms, and college admissions.
- Keep a list of your accomplishments handy during application time.
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