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How do you pick a college that best fits your needs?

I'm going to be a junior and it means starting to think about where I want to go and I don't know how to pick the best place for me

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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Annalise. I'm glad to hear that you are already thinking about college. I picked my college, Howard University, based on the factors below.

Location. I love the fact that Howard is in Washington DC. A city with lots of culture.
Distance from home. The college was not too far from home so I could get home quickly enough if I needed to.
Available majors and classes. Howard had the major I was looking for.
Makeup of the student body. Howard has students from all over the world especially from the Caribbean where I'm from.
Available extracurricular activities. Howard has a lot of fun extracurricular activities. I even worked part time at the college radio station.
Campus atmosphere. Howard is a pretty open campus and it is very exciting especially in the spring and summer.

I hope you find a college that is right for you. Good luck!
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Adrian’s Answer

Hi Annalise! 😊 The choice of college ultimately depends on what feels right for you and aligns with your goals and desires. Just like my personal experience of seeking growth by being away from home, you might have your own unique preferences. Some students choose to stay close to home, while others explore new horizons far away.

It's essential to think about aspects outside of academics too, such as extra-curricular activities and the location's vibe. Remember, your college experience doesn't stop within the classroom walls; it extends to the environment, the people, and the opportunities that surround you.

So take a moment to reflect on what you genuinely desire in your college life, and trust yourself to make the right decision. With enthusiasm and a clear intention, I’m sure you'll find the perfect fit that not only fosters your academic growth but also shapes you into the person you aspire to be. Wishing you the best of luck in your exciting journey ahead! 🌟
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Racheal’s Answer

Hello,
For me, picking the best college to fit my needs came down to a few factors:
1. Cost. I did not have to pay for going to school in state. It was the BEST decision I made. While I did harp on the idea of going to an HBCU, the late accepts help me see that 20 something yrs later, I made a choice that has saved me money.
2. Opportunities the college or university offer. I went to a Big Ten school and the opportunities are endless. I had the best time and still think I missed out on so much.
3. Curriculum. Many people get caught up on the university and not the program and Curriculum that will help you become an expert in your field. Sometimes the school counts, however if you aren't educated properly, you'll feel like you lack so much and are behind.

These are the three that stand out for me and I'm glad I chose the program and university I did.

Best of Luck!!
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Renea’s Answer

Dear heart,

No one knows what the BEST place is for themselves you just do the best you can! Your major or what you want to specialize in can give some hint of where you may want to go for college. Start Googling. Also you should take into consideration if you pick a local college/university or one that is away from home. Remember that during winter, summer and spring break these facilities are closed and you will have to still have food, water and shelter so if your parents are not able financially to take the trip to come get you or send you money to come home or you do not have a job that can pay all your bills, this may not be ideal. It was easy for me to pick what college I wanted to go to because financial means were a factor. Godspeed!

Sincerely,

Si'van
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