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How high should I shoot for my colleges or universities to apply for Is anything too far or too close??

I don’t think there can be any too far colleges but it depends on the applicant and which colleges applications they want to pay for.

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Paul’s Answer

I would also look at potential financial elements.

Many out of state colleges and universities will charge out of state tuition (unless they have an agreement with your state of origin).

This can cause your expenses to double.

The state, in which you live, will charge you in state tuition, which will be sunstantially lower. The tuition elements are normally the same for state and private colleges and universities.
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Bill’s Answer

My advice would be to view college as an investment in your future. You will invest your time, money and energy into completing a degree with the intent of it providing you with a career path. Looking at it through that lens may help to clarify things. As some have stated, going out of state typically is more expensive. Do you get anything more for that extra money (enhanced job prospects from a prestigious school, etc)? There may be an emotional investment of being closer/further from your family. Is it worth it? Does it really matter which school you go to for your desired degree program when looking for a job (do employers really care if you went to a more well known school or is the fact that you have a degree enough)?

As you consider all of the pros and cons of a school, ask yourself if the investments that you will have to make to attend that school will ultimately pay out in the end and be worth it.
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Amalya’s Answer

I think distance is an important factor when considering which college to choose, but it's not as important as the specialization. So give more attention to the specialization you choose since in the end, you will look for jobs based on it, and not the distance of the college.
I do accept that the college should be affordable, but anyway, as I've mentioned earlier, the most important is the subject you study and the career path you take.
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Abbie’s Answer

Hello! When it comes to applying for colleges, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. If you're considering out-of-state or private universities, it's crucial to weigh up the cost of attendance and the potential for financial aid. When selecting which schools to apply to, focus on those where you can truly envision yourself studying, or at least those you have a strong interest in. Looking back, I applied to some schools that I now realize I had no intention of attending.

To streamline your search, identify a few characteristics that are important to you in a college (for example, size, specific degrees offered, sports teams, etc) and use these to narrow down your options.

Don't hesitate to aim high and apply for your "dream" schools - you never know what could happen! It's also wise to include a few "safety" schools where you feel confident about your chances of acceptance. Remember, the application process can be costly and emotionally taxing, so it's best to focus on a select few that genuinely interest you. Good luck!
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Michelle’s Answer

Very interesting question, S. Maybe I can shed some light on what you are asking as I would be happy to help.

Applying for colleges is based on each individual college's requirements. It's not a matter of applying to many colleges or the most famous or most prestigious colleges by choice, it's a matter of whether or not you can accurately meet all of the requirements to apply. There are indeed application fees and applying to college is completely up to what you are able to handle in the way of paying those fees.

The bottom line is that you should apply to colleges that you have researched, carry a program that you're interested in and one that you fit all the requirements for. It is never a mistake to strive for the best quality education but each school you apply to must fit your needs as well, you must fit their expectations. Once you are enrolled and engaged in your academic program, there are no limits to how far you can reach in your studies.

Try to focus on your course of study, what is doable for you and doable for your family, and you will eventually find yourself at your favorite school ! I hope that this has helped a bit and wish you all the best in school !
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Alan’s Answer

How high you should shoot depends on so many factors that only you know. What are your grades like, what is your career ambition, what is your financial situation, how far do you want to travel, what kind of school would you like to attend, how dedicated and ambitious are you, what do you mean by "high?" What the college offers to you, in terms of degrees and financial assistance, is more important than its prestige, at least at the undergraduate level. If you mean geographically, again, only you can answer that. Do you want to be close to home or more out on your own? I guess the best answer is to shoot realistically high according to the things that are meaningful to you.
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TaNia’s Answer

When choosing a school, consider the distance you're comfortable being away from home. Remember, attending college often means living independently. Can you handle being far from your parents, especially in times of need? This is a crucial factor to consider. Are you prepared for the challenge of maintaining focus, balancing family obligations, and ensuring good academic performance while living at a distance? However, don't let distance deter you from pursuing your dream school. If there's a college you're passionate about attending, even if it's not nearby, I'd strongly encourage you to go for it.
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