Now that you’re an expert on college jargon (see previous post), consider a few other important things before you pick a college.
How big is your future college?
You can look at the number or students and the faculty to student ratio for a good picture. But how big do you want it to be? Do you want a smaller school with approachable professors and familiar classmates - or do you want to be part of a large college where you can float in an anonymous crowd?
What kind of campus will it be?
This college will be your home for four years. Campuses are located in cities, in rural areas, suburbs, even in their own little oasis spots. Not sure what appeals to you? Visit. Visit. Visit.
What can you do there?
Yes, you’ll be studying. But college is about other experiences, too. Hopefully, you’ll meet life-long friends and take part in new adventures. College tours are often given by current students. Ask them about ‘college life’ when you visit.
Colleges can be ‘accredited’ by outside organizations that look at things like teaching effectiveness, dynamic evolution of programs, leadership and integrity. But be careful. Not all colleges are accredited. Accreditation is a requirement for federal student aid. It might also be hard to transfer credits from a non-accredited school.
Heritage and school values
Finding a school that honors the same values as you might help you find like-minded classmates and professors. Be sure to ask about a school’s heritage and what sets them apart.