Picking a College from Several Offers

It is quite possible that you will be accepted to attend multiple colleges. All of your preparation and efforts during high school have paid off and put you in a position to choose a college among multiple offers. There are some steps you can take to pick the best choice from your available options.

Pick From The Most Important Needs For College

First identify what you feel are the most important items. Maybe it is the class size or the preferred methods of teaching. Or perhaps you are impressed by the credentials and reputation of the professors involved in the degree that you are seeking. And it could be something as simple as how close the schools are to you (or how far). Compare these items from the schools that have accepted your application to see if one school stands out from the rest.

Review Track Records among the Schools

Some schools have a better reputation in certain fields than others. This usually means that students who graduate from these schools have a better chance of being accepted at a prestigious job. If you are vying for a degree with a narrow specialty, such as a spine surgeon, corporate lawyer or any similar career path, it will be worthwhile to investigate the current leaders in that field and find out which schools they attended.

Look at the Costs Involved

Cost definitely plays a big part in picking any college. However, the cheaper school is not always the best choice. A school with higher tuition costs may offer more scholarships, higher grant amounts and more student loans. It pays to sit down with a calculator and determine the amount you will have to pay out of pocket.

If the school of your dreams is not offering you the best financial assistance call the admissions counselor. Explain to them that you are getting a better offer from another school and ask if anything can be done to help you out.

What is the Typical Weather and Environment?

Sometimes people ignore the average weather conditions of a potential school. However, if you love the sunshine and plenty of hot days, a school located in the extreme north may not be to your liking. In addition, the area immediately around the campus can play a big part in someone's enjoyment of college. It would be a wise move to visit the campus a couple of times throughout the year to get firsthand experience of the weather.

Get Insider Information from Blogs

Reading different blogs found on college sites is a great way to find out how students are coping with college life and see what is bad about the school as well as what is good. You will likely find a true opinion from a number of people about the school and how it treats its students.

Strategy for Picking a School

  • After picking the school of your choice it is wise to inform the other colleges of your decision. This gives them an opportunity to make an offer to another student.
  • Consider sending a personal note to any counselors or current students at the rejected colleges if you feel a close connection to these people. It will make you look more professional in their eyes and could benefit you if you choose to transfer to that school later on.
  • Stay focused on your studies in high school. Most admissions counselors will review your final transcript to make sure you did not let off after getting the acceptance letter. It is possible for a school to rescind its offer.
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