So you applied to the colleges you think you might want to attend. Whether you are accepted or not from those colleges, you will eventually have to decide where you want to go college. Here are some tips you can use to determine your choice:
Does the college have a program for your major? If they do, what kind of classes do you have to take? Which college have have the best program you would want to take? How long would it take you to accomplish your degree?
Thinking about these questions will help you decide if the programs for your major is worth attending there. You may prefer some programs over another, so chose the one that you want do in the long run.
Does it matter to you where you attend school? Are you going to live in dorms, apartments, or with your parents? Do you like to go to school with a small campus? Big campus? Do you want to be surrounded by the city, by a small town, near nature, etc.? Do you want to live in-state or out of state?
You may want to stay close to home or be very far from home. Either way, think of the situation that will best benefit you in the future. If you live in dorms/apartments, you will be living on your own with bills to pay. If you’re living with your parents, you will need to find transportation to school everyday.
3. Private, University, or Community?
There is not much difference between private and university besides the fact that private schools are private property; therefore, will cost more. Private schools tend to be smaller in sizes and have smaller population of students. Some private schools can have huge numbers in both. Also, it’s more likely that you will have to live in dorms or apartments near campus.
University schools tend have a large population of students and bigger campus. You may not like it because it means you’ll have to walk quite a bit (depending where your classes are). Also, they usually have a lot of variety in majors that can be anything from health care to human resources to math studies, etc.
Community schools are cheaper in terms of tuition (and other fees) and have easier classes. Community schools are targeted towards students who have lower incomes and adults who are returning back to school. It doesn’t mean that community schools are not great in their education because they are there to help people who cannot attend private/university colleges.
Tuition is a huge influence on where students want to attend school. Since you’re already paying for school, remember there are other fees too. Like you will need to buy books, you will need to pay for broad, buy food, and rent lockers, etc.
Schools that are focused on specific subjects like law, business, health, art, etc., or have a high reputation are the most expensive schools.
Universities/colleges are the more affordable schools.
Community schools have the lowest tuition and will cost you a lot less money. If you’re on a tight budget, community school is always a option.
5. Studying Abroad
If you want to study abroad, make sure to look into the colleges that have study abroad programs. You may not want to go to a school that doesn’t give you a chance to travel. If traveling and being adventurous is a something you want to try, make sure you choose a school that will give you opportunities to.
If a school does not have much clubs, you may not or want to attend there. Clubs are what allows you to become part of something than just being a student there. Also, it gives you the chance to make friends and do fun activities. Each club has their own purpose, so if you do want to join make sure it’s the one you would want to do.
7. Student Size
The amount of students that attend colleges do affect the classroom sizes. Just know that in large classroom, you will be unable to get close attention. Compared to a small classroom, it’ll be more focused on you as a student.
Either ways, when you get closer to graduation your classes will narrow down in terms of the classroom sizes.