Make sure that you don’t overlook the most important goal: Choosing a college that is right for you.
Establish what aspects are most important to you so that you can make the right choice. Some things you might consider:
- What size college do you want to attend? Are you looking for a very large school or one with a more close-knit environment?
- What kind of location are you most comfortable in? Do you thrive in an urban environment, or prefer a quieter setting? Are there campuses that offer both?
- What major(s) are you interested in?
- Will you need financial aid?
- Are extracurricular activities important to you, and what are they?
- How close or far away from home do you want to be?
- What kind of campus life do you want to experience?
- What career services are offered? Are you thinking about your return on investment?
Ranking these needs in order of importance will allow you to investigate your top choices in a way that best matches you! Each institution is so different, and it’s easy to get lost in all the information you glean from your research. Many online college search engines can also help you get some ideas about how to organize and better target your search.
Of course the best way to know about a school is to experience it up close and personally. Campus visits will certainly answer a lot of your questions, give you a “feel” for a college, and help you prioritize the aspects you’re truly looking for. You may even discover qualities that are important to you that you hadn’t considered earlier.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Stevens wishes you the best in this decision-making process. Don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or 1-800-STEVENS. We’d be delighted to help you!