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How do you find the right college for you?

I do not know what I'm looking for in a college and do not know how to pick. #idk #college-selection #college-admissions #college

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I think it is important to think about some of the things you like to do in general when choosing a college to go to, such as extracurricular (fun--outside of class) activities as well as thinking of location/neighborhood you would like to be located in assuming you would want to live on campus. I would also recommend going to visit colleges, even if you are not sure you want to attend that particular school, seeing a college campus and speaking with the students and tour guide will help you get an idea of some of the things you may or may not be interested in. Also, note not knowing what you want to major in when looking for schools is OK, you can always choose your major once you get there, but having an idea of what size school, what type of activities, and location of school may help you start thinking of different schools and will definitely help narrow down your choices, along with going on college tours and visits. I would also reach out to your career guidance counselor at your high school to start the conversation as early as possible as well as doing a quick Google search such as 'how to find the right college for me?' There are a ton of great articles and blogs that provide step-by-step advice and tips on what you may be able to do in one click! Good luck and hope that answers your question.
Last updated Oct 10 '17 at 14:54

Hi Jenna, thanks for submitting a question! I agree with Nicole and answered a similar question from someone else. I had the same problem when trying to decide which college I wanted to go to. I found a great article from USA Today that I think will help: http://college.usatoday.com/2016/04/10/picking-the-perfect-college/


The one other piece of advice I'll give is you should make a list of everything you need/want in a college. Such as, does it have the sorority or club you're looking to join, is it close enough to home, is it well known for your major? Here's an example of what I mean:

https://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/college-fact-chart


Once you have your top schools, you can perform the above chart analysis, and I would also suggest visiting the school to make your final decision. You'll know when you step on campus and seeing other students if it's the right choice for you.


I hope this helps! Best of luck!

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • Research schools that have your potential major. If you don't know your major, I'd pick a school with multiple majors you're interested in.
  • Take the those choices and fill out the chart I mentioned above.
  • Visit your top two or three choices to help make your final decision
  • When you get there, have fun and enjoy college, but find a balance between studies and friends! Good luck!
Last updated Mar 23 at 12:11
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