Preparing for a Career: Starting a College and University Search

There is a point in time within everyone's life when they must choose where they want to take their life, with this decision affecting their successive existence upon the Earth. Jobs are becoming increasingly skill-based and require more formal education than ever. The difference in the unemployment rate of high school dropouts and college graduates illustrates this perfectly.

As you can see, high school dropouts suffer from unemployment rates which are about four times higher than those of college graduates. This fact explains the increased enrollment within various post-secondary educational institutions. Once faced with these facts, the decision to attend school should become quite clearly the right one, but choosing the right one requires a thorough college and/or university search.

Starting Your Search

There are several resources available for performing a college and university search within various locations. If you are still attending high school, the first place to start would be your guidance counselor's office. Ask them for some information regarding which schools would be a good fit for you. Guidance counselors, while they may not possess knowledge about every academic institution in the nation, certainly are privy to information regarding post secondary education and will aid you significantly in your college and university search.

Obtaining More Information

Once you have consulted your guidance counselor and conducted some exploratory research it is time to delve deeper into your search and narrow it down more significantly. Decide how far you want to be from home first, because it is not uncommon for students to become homesick. I had a friend who started commuting to a school that was only forty minutes away from her house because she couldn't handle living alone without her family. Some people find it harder to get used to the added responsibility, and you should consider if you're one of those people to attend school close to home.

Upon deciding the ideal distance from home, try going to the library and borrowing a book about colleges. The College Board and Princeton Review publish comprehensive listings of colleges yearly complete with various information about the schools. These books provide a useful profile of possible educational destinations including their educational quality, location, partying culture, male to female ratios. Use these morsels of information to choose a narrowed down list of colleges and then visit these institutions to determine the best one to attend.