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How do I pick which college to go to?

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Richard’s Answer

You should go to the college where you feel you would be the best fit. It is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of all potential schools. You should weigh these factors based on how important they are to you. Make sure you get rid of the biases you have regarding specific colleges. For example, although many people at certain universities may partake in a lifestyle with which you do not agree, you will surely be able to find different groups of students who share the same values as you do. It's also good to spend time with different types of people who can teach you lessons you would not learn being around those who you are most comfortable with.

Consider academic factors (specific majors and programs) and non-academic factors (like clubs). You should also look into on-campus job recruiting opportunities.
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Austin’s Answer

I can't stress enough how important it is to visit the campus of every school that you are interested in. Some will give you a feeling that you're meant to be there... and some will not. You need to get a sense of what the school has to offer before making your decision. Also, be sure to check out what fields the school specializes in.

Unless you are absolutely sure of your career path (which most high school students are not), try to find a school with many options/specialties. This will allow you to switch freely between majors if necessary.

Don't discount the weather/climate of the region you are moving to. This can have a major impact on your mood and your thoughts about the school.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Steve,

That is a great question. You will have to answer for yourself some key questions about what you need in a university:
1 - Does the school offer your major? Is it actually what you want?
2 - Can you afford the school that appeals to you? This means that you will need to consider how much debt you want to take on or if you want to pay as you go.
3 - Is the location of the school convenient? I used to have to drive one and a half hours one way to get to my college. That added a lot of stress in the commute to go to the school that I wanted to go to. Now there are more virtual options, so the stress can lessen. In another college experience, I moved to a college far from home. So not only did I have to learn in school, I had to learn about every element of my life.
4 - Does what you want to do for a living require a degree?

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Simeon’s Answer

Unless you are going into law or medicine, I would focus on affordability. Make sure to not discount community college, especially for a lot of the intro level courses. If you have a pick of places, I would make a point of visiting their campuses to see if it feels like a good fit. Plus, you often get the chance to see flyers and ads for groups, activities, and events that you don't get to see from just visiting the college's website.
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Joe M.’s Answer

Follow your heart..... if you believe in a higher power, ask and pray for a higher educational environment which will help you to expand on all levels, so that you become a blessing to others....with that said, or written, lol,......

know who you are, or at the very least, align your thoughts to who you want to become????

know where you are presently, in all levels.....????

know own where you want or hope, faithfully need to go, not only to help self, just as importantly, to assist others...???

god bless....🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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RENE M’s Answer

Make a list of what's important to you: location (close to home or distant); small vs big environment; professor/student ratio; class size; curriculum and field of studies offered; student organizations and activities; internship and student work opportunities; etc. Look for colleges/universities that fit your criteria. Then set up campus visits that include sitting in on a class; being paired with a student to show you around and talk about what they like about the school. Private schools may come with higher tuition, but they often times offer much more generous scholarships that can make them affordable.

Best of luck in your search.