For decades now, with the abundance of educational institutions on offer, students have faced the often daunting task of selecting the perfect college for them. Every year thousands of high school students ask the question, “What is the perfect college for me?”
So, what criteria can you use to narrow your search? Our list might help:
Some applicants may feel that their college choice is influenced by family tradition. While this is fine for some, it’s not the ideal for all. We often differ from our parents and what suited them and their needs does not necessarily suit ours. Think carefully before using this criteria.
For some, it’s all about money. The cost of fees, living expenses and the availability of scholarships and grants are important. Your financial aid package enables you to know just what your education will cost, and to determine the amount of fees that you can afford. However, it is important to note that while fees may be cheaper at state colleges than private, private colleges often have a greater amount of money available to assist students.
In some universities the number of students not graduating is shockingly low. Although this isn’t always down to teaching, it does imply that somewhere along the line, the school is failing. Looking for colleges with high graduation rates is a good way to narrow down your choices.
Size/Student to Faculty Ratio:
Some colleges have as many as 60,000 students, while others have very few. With fewer students in a class a professor has more time to deal with their students’ individual needs. However, in research institutes, faculty are expected to be engaged in research as well as teaching, so they may not have quite as much time as you would expect.
Where a college is based can be important. It can mean the difference between being able to return home between semesters or not. It can also make a difference to your financial situation, as choosing a college closer to home might allow you to save money by remaining at home for your while you study. Location can also make a difference to students needing to work. A city location will give you more work options than a rural location.
Rankings can be helpful, as can the prestige of a college. Certain colleges have such excellent reputations that some companies will only hire graduates from these institutions, making it easier to find your perfect job. However, it is not always the best tool for finding the perfect free college applications. If you feel that nothing else about a college suits your needs, then the rank of a college is not going to make up for this deficit. Choosing a college to suit your needs is usually more beneficial.
The most important thing to remember when choosing a college, is that it is a small period of your life, and while it may be a defining period for some, it really isn’t for others. Steve Jobs dropped out of college after just six months and went on to build one of the biggest companies in the world. His story shows that if you have the will to succeed at something, then a good or college is not always necessary.
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