Getting started on the road to selecting a college can be intimidating, but these rules will help make sure you make the right choice.
When you first start looking for colleges, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You’re picking the institution that will lead you to the next phase of your life, and you have to sort through thousands of options. Not only do you have to decide on the location and size of the college, you also have to consider the academic performance, subject offerings, and extracurricular.
Fortunately, there are five rules that can help you make the perfect decision.
Rule 1: Don’t rule anything out right away. You might think you know what you want right away, but until you start looking at your options, don’t rule anything out arbitrarily. There are a lot of options out there, and it pays to understand each one.
Rule 2: Don’t keep it all to yourself. Talk to your teachers, counselors, parents, friends, and family members about your considerations and how far you are in the process. They’ll be happy to help talk through your decision with you and give you helpful advice about the process.
Rule 3: Don’t pick a college on name alone. When you first think of college options, there are probably several that come to mind. But it’s important to avoid the temptation to pick a college based on the familiarity of their name alone. There are too many other important factors.
Rule 4: Get multiple opinions. A college’s website might say a lot about who they are as a school, but look for outside opinions from alumni and current students. This will help give you a fuller understanding of the college.
Rule 5: Don’t follow your friends. Too many students decide to go to a college simply because their high school friends are going there. Spend some time finding the perfect school for you—not the perfect school for your group of friends.
You don’t need to make your decision immediately, so relax! Take your time, review your options, and have fun with the process! Get to know your colleges, and sign up for a free trail of BOLD Guidance software to make the application process easier.