Doing Research on Potential Colleges

A lot of items come into consideration when trying to choose a college. Most people are trying to find a balance between the right programs offering a top degree along with personal preferences about the college life. External sources are typically a great place to find unbiased information about a plethora of different schools.

Many of these resources are a great way to not only determine the right school for you but also help you identify possible career choices.

Ask Relatives and Friends for Input

People that are close to you will usually try to steer you away from a bad experience and help you choose what they feel is a good school.

  • Adults, whether parents or other relatives, can offer insights to careers in which they have participated. They can also tell you what they enjoyed the most about a particular college or university.
  • If you have any friends or relatives that currently attend college or a university then they can offer a current real world view of the college life and what to expect.
  • If you have relatives slightly older than you it is possible that they have just completed the same process that you are now undergoing. You should ask them how they arrived at a career choice as well as what led them to pick a particular college.

Ask Teachers and Counselors

Teachers and counselors alike can offer a ton of information about colleges as well as different careers that are available. These professionals have double experience that can benefit you: they have attended college and they have been instrumental in helping other students choose a college path.

The guidance office at your high school is committed to helping you perform well in high school in an effort to gain access to college. The counselors are there to answer questions about picking a career, picking a school and going through the application process. In addition, counselors often have current information about available scholarships and the potential for financial assistance at particular schools.

The admissions counselor at a college that you are considering is also a great source of information. It is always a good idea to take a tour of the campus and sit down with the counselor to get a firsthand look at student interactions, condition of facilities and the demeanor of the professors.

Other Places to Get Information

Many students have found lots of good data about a number of schools by attending a college fair. This is an event where various colleges and universities make an appearance at one central location near or in your home town. The counselor at your high school can give you the dates of upcoming fairs in your area. Representatives from the colleges will be on hand to answer all kinds of questions as well as review transcripts and college entrance exam scores.

The vast majority of colleges have a website that offers a lot of current information. Most of these sites provide information about the different degrees that are offered, student clubs and extracurricular activities. Most sites have an information center where you can make a formal request for brochures, financial aid packets and applications.

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