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what do i need to look for in deciding what college i go to?

just so I can explore my options.

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Debbie’s Answer

If you see if what extracurricular activities are offered at the school, and sports activities, clubs, and teams as well. I think it's important to look into how you can possibly socially become involved at your prospective university because your social life is as vital (if not more than) as your academic life. It's goo to see what you can look forward to socially. Apart from that, you can look into what course offerings the university has available and see if any peak your interest. The wider the variety, the better. Think about whether you would thrive more in small class sizes or if you would be okay with attending large lectures. Think about whether you would like to attend university in an urban area or if you don't mind being in a small town. If you have a chance, you can definitely go on a campus tour. If you don't have this chance, then read carefully about what I've mentioned above.

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Sarah’s Answer

So many things to consider, but here are a few to think through:

Are you a city person or would you rather be in a small town? Knowing this can help you narrow down the location(s) of the schools you should apply to.

Do you do best when surrounded by tons of people or do you seek more intimate settings? If the former then you may be happiest at a big state school vs a small liberal arts college which may provide a more intimate atmosphere.

Are small classes something that is important to you or are you fine taking classes in lecture halls filled with hundreds of students? Knowing this can help you know whether or not a small liberal arts college vs a larger institution is right for you.

Think about what's important to you- that could be being close/far from home, going to a prestigious university with a notable name, being in a particular state, a college with awards in your intended field of study, size of student body, climate, extracurricular activities, social offerings, etc.

The exciting thing is that there are SO many options and truly something for everyone!
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