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What’s the top questions you should ask when choosing a college?

I’m a junior in high school, I’m in stem which is an early college program. It’s through baker college, we get 3 years for free. After my 3rd free year how should I decide what college to go to after? #college-advice #college-selection


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Drashti’s Answer

I feel like that is one of the most important topics that go through a high school student's head. The best piece of advice that was given to me was that "it's more about the fit rather than the look." It's highly critical to remember that you want to choose a college that caters to your interests, needs, and values. No matter where you end up, you will get an amazing learning experience, but your goal should be to have a learning experience that will be valuable to you personally and also where it is that you will learn the most about things you want to learn about.


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Kathryne’s Answer

Hi, Maya!

I think the things you should ask (or just think about) is what would your day look like if you went to X school? Are there things about your days/nights that excite you? You want to find a place that has these things! (ex. do you like being in a city? After you go to class, are you going to want to walk around a city? Or, do you like green spaces to sit and relax?).

You should also think about what the school has for you. Does a school have only one program, or many programs, that interest you? Do you like the idea of going to a school that is a liberal arts school, so there is a focus on personal development/growth, or do you like the idea of a school that is focused on a particular subject/has a particular school? (ex. a business school or physical therapy program).

So, you want to ask about things that are important to you and you actually have questions about. In other words, there are no "right" questions you should be asking when you're choosing a school! You should think about you and what would be a place that fits you.

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Shanda’s Answer

In thinking about college preparation you should write down all things you are interested in for a career, including the behind the scenes what you are good at. What do I mean well you go to school and you enjoy different subjects think about what you do on the outside that makes you feel good in your heart and community. After you have given this some thought see how it relates to what you are learning in school and prepare with classes. If you can narrow it down then start looking at schools that offer what you are interested in get about 10-15 schools and start doing homework on it. You want to make sure you take each school and find out the options you have if there is a way to have double majors if you interest is of more than one field. Find out about the scholarships, the cost, the opportunities once majoring in what you want as a career. Rest a sure that you will be looking at schools for a while and that this is no easy task taking one day at a time and doing your homework on each school makes the decision a whole lot easier to do. The criteria will differ for some of the schools starting early is the main thing and keeping focus. Use all resources to expand your search for help in the field you are looking in.

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As you can see there are alot of steps to complete this task each step takes a little time to think about.
Stay focus dont loose faith on what you are passionate about and everything else will come natural.

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Richard’s Answer

1) do they have the major you want?
2) will be happy? Does the social situation fit your personality?
3) Does it fit your financial situation?
4) do they have clubs that fit your interest?
5) Do they have resources to get you summer internships and eventually a job or graduate school
6) look for desirable locations. You may end up living in the city in which you attend college.

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Breanna’s Answer

The top question you should ask yourself is, what do I want to major in? If you know that you want to go in a specific field, look at schools that are well known for their programs. If you aren’t sure what you want to do, try looking at schools that have more degree options. Another question is, how much can I afford? Private schools are more expensive than public schools and In-State is more affordable than Out-of-State. If you have you’re heart set on a school that is out of budget look into scholarship opportunities. Third question is what are your preferences, Do you want to go to a big or small school? Majority of people live on or off campus (commuter school)? Collegeboard.org is a great resource to see all the things schools offer or don’t offer.

Breanna recommends the following next steps:

Utilize collegeboard to find schools that align with what you’re looking for.
Reach out to current and former students about their experience at the school. You can easily find them on LinkedIn and most people are excited to help more people attend their alma mater.

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Kathryne’s Answer

Hi, Maya!

I think the things you should ask (or just think about) is what would your day look like if you went to X school? Are there things about your days/nights that excite you? You want to find a place that has these things! (ex. do you like being in a city? After you go to class, are you going to want to walk around a city? Or, do you like green spaces to sit and relax?).

You should also think about what the school has for you. Does a school have only one program, or many programs, that interest you? Do you like the idea of going to a school that is a liberal arts school, so there is a focus on personal development/growth, or do you like the idea of a school that is focused on a particular subject/has a particular school? (ex. a business school or physical therapy program).

So, you want to ask about things that are important to you and you actually have questions about. In other words, there are no "right" questions you should be asking when you're choosing a school! You should think about you and what would be a place that fits you.

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Shanda’s Answer

In thinking about college preparation you should write down all things you are interested in for a career, including the behind the scenes what you are good at. What do I mean well you go to school and you enjoy different subjects think about what you do on the outside that makes you feel good in your heart and community. After you have given this some thought see how it relates to what you are learning in school and prepare with classes. If you can narrow it down then start looking at schools that offer what you are interested in get about 10-15 schools and start doing homework on it. You want to make sure you take each school and find out the options you have if there is a way to have double majors if you interest is of more than one field. Find out about the scholarships, the cost, the opportunities once majoring in what you want as a career.

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Richard’s Answer

1) do they have the major you want?
2) will be happy? Does the social situation fit your personality?
3) Does it fit your financial situation?
4) do they have clubs that fit your interest?
5) Do they have resources to get you summer internships and eventually a job or graduate school
6) look for desirable locations. You may end up living in the city in which you attend college.

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Rachel’s Answer

Congrats on saving money by getting three years for free! If finances are an issue, consider these methods to save money. Attending classes at a community college, choosing a state school, and applying to all scholarships available can minimize cost.

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Valerie’s Answer

It depends...the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are both well known universities! It also depends on your major! Whatever the case, I'm sure you'll do GREAT!!!!

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