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How To Choose the Right College

Monday, 13 Dec 2010 11:07 AM

Choosing the right college is essential. Before you select the college or university you wish to attend, you must consider a number of factors. Here are the five best ways to choose a college:
1. Social media is a great way to learn more about a prospective college. Sites are popping up on a regular basis that will offer detailed information about a school you are interested in. Check out what they have to offer as this will make your choice much easier.
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2. Spend a weekend on campus. This will allow you to get a feel for the college and the students who attend school there. Once you have done this, you will have a better idea of the friendliness and helpfulness of the students as well as the general atmosphere.
3. Consider the majors offered at the university you are thinking about attending. When you first start your college career, you may think you know what you want to do. Once you have started classes though, this could change. Prepare for this by choosing a college which offers a variety of majors you may be interested in. By doing so, you can change your major without changing schools. If you must change, you may end up losing some credits.
4. Speak to current students about their experiences. See what they like and dislike about the school as this will give you a better idea of what to expect. Ask about dorm life, the dining hall, and the bookstore as these are three places you will spend a great deal of time. You may also wish to sit in on a few classes just to get a feel for things. This will help you to determine if this university is right for you.
5. Finally, determine how far from home you would like to be. This is a great way to narrow down where you would like to attend. Visiting home may not be a top priority, but you don't want to be so far away that you cannot come home for major events. Choosing a college based on location alone is not a good idea, but it is a factor that should not be ignored completely.

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