Paul Goetzinger MPA
This means a good library, study and learning environment, tutorial and student assistance, student activities, and campus life.
There are usually good colleges within a reasonable distance of you. I always encourage students not to go too far away from their home support network.
You might look at local colleges in town. The University of Indiana- South Bend, might be a good college to check out.
Great question. I would suggest that you start by not looking too far away from home. Think about what interests you have, and which colleges offer programs that match your interests. You may want to think about the size of the school as well. And lastly, many students may decide that they want to transfer to a different college after 1 or 2 years. Good luck!
Thank you for your question. It is definitely normal to feel overwhelmed about which college to choose! The process is definitely a stressful one, but there are things you can do help feel less overwhelmed. First, when you think about your future, what type of career do you envision yourself pursuing? Are there specific skillsets that would help you succeed in that career? After identifying the necessary skillsets, you can work backwards by doing research on colleges that might be a good fit for learning those specific skills or courses.
Hope that the above is helpful, and best of luck!
Laurie Pritchard, Ed. S., M.A.T.
A lot of the decision will be based on finances of course. Going out of state will be more expensive because many universities charge higher out-of-state tuition. Any school where you will have to live on campus will be more expensive than if you can live at home and commute.
Another thing to consider is whether you prefer a large university or a smaller campus. Community college may be a good place to start too.
If you have a parent or guardian who can help take you on school visits, take advantage of this. Touring different schools, talking to current students and admissions staff can be super helpful. You'll get a feel for the schools and will probably know pretty quickly if that is the place for you.
Best to you as you make this important decision.
Elizabeth (Betsy)’s Answer
If you are really stressed then you might want to start with a community college that is near your home for one or two years. This is a great option for easing into the college experience. I had my son do this and he earned an Associates degree before transferring to the University for his bachelors degree.
Another suggestion would be to start, at least the first semester as a liberal arts major, because it's likely to have a diverse set of requirements for graduation. Completing these courses would expose you to a variety of topics that may or may not interest you. You can start to filter what works for you, as well as identify what is not working for you. When you're ready, you can switch to a major and minor that you feel strongly about; and you will feel more confident in your choices.