How to Start Looking for Colleges

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 01:32 PM

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Students interested in pursuing higher education face a dizzying array of choices including which school to attend, what subjects to pursue, and how to find scholarships.
 
The following guidelines will help students looking for colleges.
  • Take advice: Students must start looking at prospective educational institutions much before the scheduled time of making applications for college admissions. Taking advice from family and professional counselors helps to simplify the process. Experienced counselors can assess the suitability of different universities and colleges with respect to the specific needs of different students.
  • Be clear: Before students start looking for colleges, they need to be clear about their specific interests and requirements. They should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of different universities and colleges. Student counselors can assess the aptitude of students and recommend a selection of colleges to which applications for admission should be submitted. Students should go through this list and decide on the order of priority. While nearby universities have obvious advantages, they need not be on top of the list. Students can visit different college campuses and meet other students who have recently secured college admission, to get a clear idea.
  • Get details: Toward the end of their senior year, students usually receive publicity material from many educational institutions. Students should also obtain a directory of universities with details of colleges. In addition, they should use the Internet to get details of colleges, courses, and scholarships. These details should be gone through patiently, and students should make a proper study of these educational institutions and select the most suitable one.
  • Discuss financial details: Students should discuss the financial requirements of college education with their family. Financial constraints can have a disturbing effect on the students mind and result in poor grades. Applications for college admission need not be made only to affordable educational institutions. Students can also start looking for colleges that offer suitable university scholarships.
  • Share and share: Students should make it a point to discuss the college process with fellow students. This sharing of information and ideas can be very productive and, along with professional counseling, it will help in making the right choice. Students should also attend college fairs where they will get useful information regarding different educational institutions. This will give students the opportunity to share relevant information on the quality of the faculty, courses offered, and facilities at different colleges.
  • Be an early bird: Students should start looking for colleges as early as possible. By doing this, students will know the pros and cons of the different universities and colleges they have set their sights on. They would also have had time to assess the extent to which financial assistance is available at each institution. This will help them to be properly focused at the time of making the final choice.

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