How do I compare and choose the school that is the best fit for me and my career?
I want to stay in Massachusetts and I plan to study advertising and marketing. I want to choose a good school that won't leave me in debt for thirty years when I get out of school. There are so many possibilities and it is diff ult to find the perfect fit. What main aspects should I be looking for in a school to help me thrive in my career?
a) What college offers your specific major and the curriculum offered
b) What is your GPA and high school achievements? This will have a large impact to your financial aid package
c) Cost and Financial Aid Offered
d) College size - Do you want to graduate in 4 years, colleges with 20K+ students it might take 5-6 years to graduate due to the demand for classes, my son is going to a smaller college and he will graduate in 3 1/2 years
e) School Amenities and Student Services
f) School Culture, Values, and Beliefs
g) Do they offer a competitive graduate program if you choose to pursue a Master's degree in your field of study
I believe these are some critical items to review and discuss with your parents in order to help choose the best college fit for yourself.
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It'd also be great to talk to current students and alumni at each of the schools. You could get their perspectives and hear more about how they navigated coursework, student life, extracurriculars, and anything else they can share about their journey!
My dream school was out-of-state with a ton of state-of-the-art amenities and specialized niche programs that piqued my interest.
The college I ended up attending was an in-state school that gave me a very generous scholarship and financial aid package, had good amenities and resources, and was close enough to home that I had a support system should I choose to go back and see my family and friends there but far enough away that I could grow into my own person.
I'd say to choose a college based on some of the following factors:
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