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What College Interests You?

One of the most important choices a student will make up to now is where to go to college.  Whether attending college for strictly academics, and or pursuing aspirations to play a sport at the collegiate level, organizing your search, understanding academic and athletic standards, and knowing exactly what options are available to you are a key focus.

When beginning your college search, think about the following items that may influence your decision to attend a particular school, or not:

  • Local vs. Distance
  • Urban vs. Rural
  • Commuting vs. Residential
  • Large Campus vs. Small Campus
  • Student life – campus activities
  • Meeting admission standards
  • Majors - area of academic interest
  • Expense

Cast a wide net when considering the types of colleges and universities that might be available, this is especially important as a high school freshman or sophomore. As you progress through your high school career and refine what it is you do want in a college, you will find your idea of the perfect college fit becomes more concrete, and your list of schools more concentrated.  By the time you are a senior, you most likely will have a defined list of 5 to 7 serious schools of interest.

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CAMPUS VISITS

Campus visits can never start too soon, and if you have yet to take one, now’s the time. Take the opportunity to establish dialogues with admissions counselors early in the college planning process, and request media packets from those schools that you want to learn more about.   Connect with the Department Head in your projected major to find out about the depth of the degree program you are considering, as this can be a good indicator of whether a college or university will satisfy your academic pursuits.

Arrange visits prior to, and well before your desired date to make a campus tour.  This gives admissions a chance to organize an itinerary so that you can sit in on a class, speak with current students, visit a dorm, dine in the cafeteria, and maybe even stay the night on campus.

Be sure to check out student bulletin boards, posters, the school newspaper, message boards, and find out what is going on in and around campus.  Make a mental note of what campus groups are available, student concerns if any, and upcoming social activities.  These can offer a wealth of information and give you insight into student life and the social side of college.