Best colleges for science majors?
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Things you can consider for this specific question...
What colleges are highly ranked for their programs in the sciences?
If you majored in a science, where did you attend? What did you think of the program?
Ken Simmons makes some very good points. It's not a simple question to answer. Everyone is different so the "best" science university might be the worst school for some students. There's a lot to think about when deciding where to go after high school, so here are some thoughts...
What area of science do you find most interesting, intriguing, etc?
What colleges offer that major?
Are they big universities? small colleges? public or private? city or suburb? expensive or affordable? generous with financial aid? close to home or an expensive plane ride away? What aspects are most important to you besides your science major?
Google/search online for professors who are doing research in the field of study that you are most interested in. Where do those professors teach? Go to their school's website and look at the majors that are offered and the individual classes that are offered in the course catalog.
Once you find a school, learn the facts about it. How is it ranked nationally against other similar schools? What are the admissions requirements. Are you a good candidate? Do you have the grades and scores required to get accepted? What is the campus culture like and does it sound like a good fit for you? Are there extracurricular activities that also appeal to you?
Finally, try not to get too stressed. Where you go to college is not that important. What you learn and how well you do is key. And it should be 4 of the most enjoyable years of your life so don't choose the "BEST" school if it's not the best fit for you.
It does not really matter where you go to school. The important things are getting to know yourself to know which area of science, which is very broad and has many applications, to choose (based on your personality traits), work hard to get the best grades, and do well at developing and maintaining interpersonal (vs computer based) networking contacts and support, which will benefit you throughout your education/career journey.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: