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3 Top Things to Consider When Choosing a College

Added by Rosalinda Smith on September 6 2017, at 1:01 pm
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    High school is not really much of a choice. You go where your parents send you to, to the nearest one available, or the most cost-effective one.  However, choosing a college is one of the major decisions that could shape your entire adult life.


    With the Internet, prospectuses, and real-life stories, a high school student about to graduate usually has a plethora of information at his disposal. However, the most essential elements one should consider while choosing a college need filtering out, so that one can make an informed and unemotional decision. Some of these are listed below:




    1. Recognition:


    The first factor to consider when looking at a university or college is whether or not the institution has a recognized name within the field of quality advanced education. If one is pursuing a degree in fields such as engineering, technology, or similar, they absolutely need to find out the level of accreditation in the places they’re applying to.




    Accreditation is also an important factor when it comes to financial academic aid provided by third parties, as well as if transferring credits becomes a necessity. Since you don’t want your time, effort, and money to be wasted, scouring a school for its accreditation status is more than worth it.




    2. Your Area of Interest:


    One should not sell their dreams short. If a college is highly accredited, but cannot provide the areas of study you want, then it doesn’t make much sense to try for admission there. Always do your research and visit the admission website (or better, the office), and make sure that courses, lecturers, degrees as well as coursework assistance in your preferred fields are available.


     


    Also read up on the programs you would have within a university and how the credits are accumulated, along with the curriculum provided. The graduation and overall success record are also of value in such cases.




    3. Living and Travelling:


    If you intend to commute to college from your residence, then picking a college nearby would be one of your main priorities. For those who want the total college experience, such as living on campus and feeling a sense of independence, a college dorm or nearby hostel is ideal. For this, one’s personal preferences are of the utmost consideration.




    The student would have to veer away from peer pressure and take a look at what they themselves want. Some people like to have their own privacy above all else, and so might prefer a living area a bit removed from the action of college. Others would see college as an opportunity to live carefree without the regulations of parents or wardens.




     No matter what one wants, they should keep the living facilities that come with their choice of college in mind, because that’s how they’ll have to adapt for the next few years.




    Conclusion:


    It is recommended that high school students make a list of their preferences before they start sending out college applications. The programs they want, their budget, their goals in life, and what they want from the college should be on that list along with any other important element. Only then would a student really be able to decide which college is best for them. 


     


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