This is a great question! There are many different factors to consider when choosing colleges. First, does the college have program of study that you are looking for? Not all colleges have the same programs. While many colleges have many choices, you want the one that you will enjoy and benefit the most from. There may be a specialized school for your interest. For instance, if you are interested in pursuing a career in the fashion industry, you may want to look at schools like the Fashion Institute of Technology or Parsons School of Design. Both of these schools are in NY and have connections to the Fashion Industry.
Distance from home and opportunity of the location are important factors as well. How far away from home do you want to be? Do you want to be a few hours drive? Do you want to be a plane ride? Or do you want to be local? As with my example with FIT, if you are looking for opportunities in certain industries, certain locations should be considered. Another example would be if you are looking to study political science. A school near Washington DC may open up opportunities to you that may not exist in other areas. It's also good to consider where you are comfortable living and how far necessities are like a supermarket or gas station.
Another important factor is financial. How are you going to pay for your education? There are many options to explore in this part of the equation such as student loans, scholarships and work study programs. I would suggest you visit the FAFSA website to research all of these options. Here is the link: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. I would also suggest making an appointment with your guidance counselor to discuss all of your options and questions. Good luck on your search!
Meridyth recommends the following next steps:
- Visit FAFSA to explore financial options: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.
- Make an appointment with your guidance counselor