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How do I know what college to attend, I mean, they're all nice, and I can't decide. How do I know for sure, which one is for me?

Because I can't officially decide on a college. #college-bound

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Andrew’s Answer


Great question, Morgan! There's lots to consider when choosing the right school for you as it will help shape and build you for the future. Where I would start is asking myself the following questions:
- What are my interests? / What would I like to do for a profession?
○ Universities often have a reputation for specializing in certain fields of study or graduating students having an edge in particular fields based off their degree with the school.
○ Choose a major that interests you, but also realize that it is ok to change your major. Pursue what makes you happy and/or you can market coupled with your talent for the career you want.
- What are my personal preferences? (ie. Religious background, cultural background, gender, etc.)
○ Some schools are more targeted for a specific culture or religion such as Catholic Universities such as Notre Dame or TCU.
- What are my finances?
○ Please don't let finances be the reason that you don't go to college. I personally had zero saved up and very little family assistance. There are SO many scholarships and grants for you and CAN be yours by simply searching and applying.
○ Talk to your parents and or personal bank or the financial aid office for the school of your choice to explore your options
○ But, if you need to go into debt for your education I would personally recommend it as your education will grow in value over time with your ROI by opening doors for you. I graduated 9 years ago and no longer have any student loan debt - so it IS possible!
- Does the culture of the school make you feel welcome? Can you see yourself an alumni there?
○ Go visit the campus if you can! Walk around and chat with people there.
This is a big decision and it's great you're being thoughtful about it. I would say target a date you want to start your first day of school and work your way backwards from there so you don't stall yourself from making the choice and starting your personal progression.
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David’s Answer

Hi Morgan,
There are a lot of factors that went into my own decision to choose my college. If you have not settled on a major, or are unsure about the major you are choosing, you may want to select a bigger college that has a wide array of choices. Another factor to consider is the school's career services. Do they have a center that will help you prepare a resume, find a job, and learn interview skills?
Finally, the cost of the college is a huge deciding factor. You absolutely do not want to graduate with a lot of student debt. If all of the schools you are looking at have good career services, strong academics, and plenty of options for a major - you may want to choose the less expensive college. college
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