One of the many challenges one has to face before getting into college is choosing the right size college. Aside from choosing their ideal major or course, students also find it hard to decide which college to apply to. There are those who are lucky enough to be accepted in their ideal institutions but there are those who jump from one college to another because they don’t find the right one for them.
Choosing the right size college is one of the first steps you have to take before sending those college applications. In order to find the right college for you, here are some effective ways on how to do it:
Research the schools
Before you decide on a particular school, try to research about other schools that seem like a good fit for you. You can easily gather information about them through their official websites. Many colleges nowadays post information about their school such as their location, land area, program offerings, tuition, and many more. You can also learn about them from brochures given by the colleges to your school. Once you have researched the schools it will be easier for you to find the right one.
Visit the campus
A great way to find out, whether a college is of the right size or not, is by visiting the campus personally. Take time to go to these colleges so you can see for yourself what they can offer and choose which is right. You can personally assess not only the size of the college but also their facilities, program offerings, and many more. Further, you get to experience the kind of environment the college has and whether or not you can visualize yourself studying there.
Connect with students online
If you prefer gathering first hand information about a particular college you can do so by contacting students who are currently enrolled or recently graduated from there. You can contact them via email or adding them as friends in your social media account. You can learn a lot from them about the school. They can even share some pictures of the college to you.
Choosing the right size college is essential especially if you’re after your comfort and convenience. So take time to research schools, visit the different campuses, and connect with students from various educational institutions. These steps can help you find your ideal college.
Virginia State University campus photo courtesy of Kevin Coles, Flickr/Creative Commons
Kim L. says
Thanks for this breakdown – it’s a great resource for high school students deciding where to go to college. We will share it on our @Alleyoop profile.
You are very welcome Kim. Thank you for leaving a comment and we appreciate you sharing this article with your followers. We’ll give you a shout out on twitter.