Exploring Your School Options
When selecting a college or university, consider these things:
- Does the school offer a quality education?
- What are the admission requirements, and can you meet them?
- How much does it cost to get an education at that particular college?
- Where is the school located?
- How big is the school?
How do you figure out the answers to these questions? A good place to start is the Internet. You can find out a lot about a college or university through its Web site. Some even offer virtual tours.
In addition to the Web, other valuable information is available from many other sources. Ask your high school counselor or librarian for college guidebooks. They're an easy way to gather information about numerous colleges and universities in one resource. A number of guidebooks are also available on the Web.
Attend college fairs. Talk to your high school counselor, or contact a local college admissions office to find out if any college fairs are scheduled for your area.
Talk to your family, friends, and relatives. Do you know anyone who went to a school you're considering? They can tell you about their experiences and give you valuable firsthand insight.
Contact the admissions offices of the schools on your list and ask for catalogs, applications, and any other information they have about attendance (costs, financial aid, housing, graduation rates, and placement rates are a good place to start).
Check into visiting the schools on your list. See if you can meet with an admissions counselor. Call the admissions office to find out about college tours and a convenient time to visit with a counselor or admissions officer.
When you visit, take some time to look around without a guide. See what the school is like beyond the tour. Talk to students on campus. Try to get a feel for the place. And find out if you can visit the dorms while you're there as well.