4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

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The best investment you will ever make is an investment in yourself. Choosing which college to attend is the first step in investing in your future.

There are several colleges in the U.S. and abroad that offer a plethora of different and unique environments that will help facilitate a quality eduction.

Before you start searching for which college you want to attend, you first have to make a list of what you value in a college or university.

1. Location

Academics will undoubtedly play a huge role in determining the right college, but so does the location of the school. Do you want to study on the beach in Miami? Or would you rather study and have the option to go skiing during the winter in Boulder?

Also, if you want to pursue a career in a specific area like technology, would Palo Alto be a good fit for you?

2. Employment Opportunities

Do you want a school that has a strong employment network? That will make it somewhat easier to find a job after you graduate.

Do you want to go to a school that truly values diversity? At this type of school, your eduction will come from class discussions and your experiences with the people you meet.

Having a diverse population with both American students from all backgrounds and foreign students will give you a well rounded sense of other cultures and their respective perspectives.

Does brand matter? There are certain schools in the country that employers will almost immediately hire their graduates. Those are typically the Ivy League schools, the states flag ship schools (if you live in that state) and various other schools across the country.

3. Size

Do you want to go to a big school or a small school? It is important to understand the student to teacher ratio.

If you want a more personal eduction, go to a smaller school where the class size is smaller and you get more attention on an individual level.

If that is not important to you, then a big school might be a fit for you. State schools generally have a larger enrollment than that of private schools. Also, larger schools sometimes have very good sports teams.

Do you want to go to a state school over a private school? State Schools are typically less expensive than private schools.

If money is an issue, which for most of us it is, then assessing the cost of the school should factor into your decision.

4. Programs

When you are searching for schools, look into the schools that excel in the field of study you are trying to pursue.

Also, check into the schools study abroad programs. Studying abroad can be a great experience, and an excellent opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a different culture.

These are just a few factors that you should consider as you are deciding which college to attend. College is an experience where you are able to learn and build friendships that will shape your future. Share what you learned in this article with your peers, and maybe you will be on your way to finding a great roommate as well.

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