College Admissions: Tips for Selecting Colleges, Part 2

During the college admissions process, when selecting which colleges to apply to and eventually the one to attend, it’s difficult not to let a college’s “name” play a role. After all, who wouldn’t be proud to have a college like Harvard, Princeton, or Stanford on one of those stickers you put on the back of your car? A college’s reputation, however, shouldn’t be a student’s sole reason for selecting a college. The “best” school a student gains admission to may or may not be the best fit for that student.  

Consider the college admissions tips and advice below:

  • Visit Colleges: Visiting the schools that you’re applying to and taking a college tour is far more than a good excuse to take a day off from school. Going to a college and exploring the campus for yourself is a good way to get a feel for the college. In fact, many students say that they know pretty much right away whether they can see themselves attending a school or not. What’s the campus like? What about the surrounding community? Does the school feel so small that you’re worried it could be like high school all over again? What are the students around you like? Could you see yourself here? It’s important to ask yourself all of these questions, so you choose the college that’s right for you.
  • The “Best” College vs. the Right College for You: It’s not that a college’s reputation is insignificant. It can certainly be important and influential, and it’s something that will understandably be a part of your college decision.  But, it’s not everything. There are a lot of good schools out there, and the most prestigious college you can get into is not necessarily the right college for you. Stay open-minded. You’re going to be spending what could be the best four years of your life here. Choose the college that you truly believe to be the best fit for you.
  • College is what YOU Make of It: When the college admissions process is all said and done and you’re getting ready to embark on this new chapter of your lives, regardless of where you’ve chosen to go to school—MAKE THE MOST OF IT! Up until this point, you’ve had little or no choice when it comes to class selection. Sure, nearly all colleges have their fair share of core requirements, but when you’ve completed those choose classes that interest you, ones you will benefit from.  It will be an entirely new academic experience—one that you could even enjoy! And, of course (although I’m sure we don’t really have to remind you to do this), HAVE FUN! College is a learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. Make your four years unforgettable.

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