5 TIPS TO CONSIDER WHAT COLLEGE IS THE RIGHT FIT
FIRST CHOOSE A CAREER, NOT A COLLGE
The entire college selection process should really be about something else: A CAREER SELECTION PROCESS. If you have no idea what kind of career you want, don't spend thousands of dollars in tuition for an aimless journey of finding yourself in college. Before you choose the ideal college option, it is sometimes important to narrow your area of interest and understand what it is you are truly hoping to gain out of attending a college that has a variety of subjects to choose from. Better understanding of your long-term career objectives and majors that interest you most will certainly help to guide you towards a college that provides programs that are fitting for your desired lifestyle and budget.
• Don't assume that a traditional four-year university experience is always the best choice.
• Consider the pros and cons of alternatives.
Take a good look at your list of careers and make notes next to each career about which college major (or majors) will best prepare you for those careers. It's likely that your careers have certain elements in common, so there may be fewer majors on your list than you might expect. In any case, the goal is to understand the academic path that will take you to those careers on your list.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Take time to note your strengths and weaknesses too when it comes to grasping new learning material to help with figuring out whether you are best-suited in a large university, community college or even at home taking online courses. You can compare college programs and the type of education that each school has to offer by contacting the college directly and by accessing the official website of the school to find full educational schedules and curriculum information. It is also possible to compare colleges and schools that appeal to you by scheduling a meeting with a guidance counselor from the school or even by visiting the college you are interested in.
COMMUNITY COLLGE VS. UNIVERSITIES
When high school seniors are deciding how to pursue higher education, they may not initially think of community colleges. But these schools shouldn't be overlooked. Turns out, there are plenty of community college benefits, and attending one can be an advantage for students before they move on to a four-year university. So, if your college applications are looming, here are four key reasons to put community colleges versus universities on your academic radar:
• Cost: Community colleges are usually less expensive;
• Flexibility: Class schedules can be more flexible;
• Support: Students often receive more support during their transition from high school; and
• Career opportunities: Students can explore their interests and enter niche job markets.
COMPARING RELEVANT COLLEGES
Once you have determined the type of college you would like to invest your time in, you can compare all the available colleges that offer similar educational programs. Although it is not entirely necessary to settle on a full plan when you first enroll in a school, you can eliminate schools and colleges who have any of the educations programs that are not fully beneficial to you and the area of study you're interested in.
• Good college reputation;
• College graduates get better jobs;
• They were offered a financial assistance; and
• The costs of attending
Avoid these Common Mistakes Dakota
John recommends the following next steps:
- Don't Rush the Process – Waiting until the last minute or just “falling into a college” is never a good idea.
- Don't Necessarily Follow the Crowd – You need to remember to make the best decisions for yourself.
- Don't Rely on Reputation – Just because it’s a highly-ranked prestigious school doesn't mean it’s the right school for you.
- Location, location, location – Remember out of state schools are going cost more.
- Your Choice – Letting your parents decide which college is right for you is not healthy.