Your College Search: The Best Campus For You

Your College Search: The Best Campus For You
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    Record college application numbers have been reached for virtually every college and university in the nation.

    Unfortunately, there is also a growing number of students who, once they are accepted by a college and spend a period, transfer to another institution.

    The problem: in many cases, those who end up wanting to transfer have been misinformed about the college and the programs they offer.

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Virtually every year, colleges are overwhelmed with applications from high school students who want to enter their programs. The individual college doesn’t matter. Record application numbers have been reached for virtually every college and university in the nation.

Unfortunately, there is also a growing number of students who, once they are accepted by a college and spend a period, transfer to another institution. In some cases, this happens numerous times with the same students.

So, what’s the problem? In many cases, those who end up wanting to transfer have been misinformed about the college and the programs they offer. As a result, once these students end up on campus, they find that it’s a mismatch between what they want in a college and what the college they chose has to offer. This frequently means a lot of wasted time, effort, and money.

So, how do you avoid this problem? Here are a few ideas:

1) Do your homework.

Each year, colleges and universities publish catalogs and many other publications to promote their campuses as well as to give prospective students a picture of what their programs are about. These catalogs cover everything from food choices in the dining hall to extracurricular programs, course descriptions, and facilities offered.

Short of actually speaking to someone who is knowledgeable about the college, the catalog is probably your best bet to become fully informed about the institution before you apply for admission.

2) Visit.

Colleges spend huge amounts of money on promoting themselves to prospective students. Among the heaviest of these recruitment programs are formal visitation programs. These programs encourage prospective students as well as their families and friends to visit to get an idea of what the college is about and what it has to offer.

Not only will you often be allowed to visit classes and meet with professors and other students, but if you are interested in living on campus, many colleges will even allow you to spend the night in a dorm and to enjoy a meal in the dining hall to give you an idea about living there.

Begin your college search by visiting colleges that are within a surrounding radius of your home. This will give you a great start in understanding what you want in a college:

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If you don’t want to take the time to visit a college, why not take a virtual tour of the campus? Many colleges offer this option on their websites. Many even allow you to tour where you want at your leisure so you can get an idea of what is there at your pace.

3) Ask.

Finally, if you still have questions about a college and their programs, just ask. Nearly all colleges and universities have extensive resources available to make sure your questions are answered.

Everybody was new once, so take advantage of this very knowledgeable resource to find information before you get there.

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