How do you decide of the school is right for you?
I have a lot of schools that I'm choosing from some of which are HBCUs and others are PWIs. Some are bigger schools and some are smaller schools. I'm not sure where I would like to go so I applied to many schools. I don't know how to narrow down my schools to one.#collegedecisions
Hi Kailynn, that's a great question, as I was once in your shoes, and can relate to that!
If visiting a college can be an option for you, then you should definitely visit the colleges and see if you like the environment and campus. For me, this has helped eliminate a few colleges right away, as I did not like their locations or the campuses.
Another advice would be to reach out to the admissions office and ask if they can provide you with a current student who can help answer your questions via email, preferably a junior or a senior as they would have more experience. You can then write to that student about things that you would like to see in a college. For example, I asked a student if their college let people dual degree and how easy it is to actually do so. Remember that student responses will always be more truthful than what the admissions sites may be saying. I also asked about some extracurricular activities that have interested me, the resources available for students to get extra help on their work, best places to live on campus, and just what people do for fun.
If you already know what majors may be of interest to you, I would suggest reaching out to a Professor in the department of interest and ask him or her about why she or he thinks going to school at their university will be a great choice. How will the curriculum for that major prepare you for work after college?
I hope these few tips will be useful, but feel free to reach out with more questions!
Making your college decision is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding decisions you can make. This decision can effect you in the long run so I understand how stressful this can be to choose the right one.
I was in a similar situation where I was accepted to schools of all sizes and in different parts of the country. My biggest piece of advice would be to go to the campus if you have that oportunity so you can get a feel in you see yourself spending a number of years there. Go as far as talking to students or faculty, they will be happy to give you more candid information. Another way you can see if a school is right for you is to browse their class/major offerings and see if your interests are offered there. Also look into what type of financial aid is available, and if there's opportunity to earn more scholarships while your enrolled in the school. Additionally, you can browse the schools social media pages to see what daily life is like at that particular school. I hope this helps and good luck with your decision!
Kailynn the best advice I can give you is to literally visit, this is how you know. You make a list of your top five schools and you set up visits, once you're on the campus you will know, take the full experience, shadow classes, attend events, speak to students, stay on the campus. You'll just feel it and it'll be like "This is my school!!" Don't over shoot and apply to schools to just apply that can be overwhelming, have a genuine interest in the university and the programs its offers as well as other aspects that are important to you. Good luck!!
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But to close, the school you pick needs to be close to home (family support) and meet your particular career choice.