Making Your College Decision: Set Clear College Priorities

on March 20, 2017

After you’re done waiting to hear from the colleges you’ve applied to, you’ll have to make your college decision. Making the college decision is not an easy one. If you’re accepted to two or more of the colleges you applied to, which one will you choose?


You could resort to “eenie meenie miny moe” to make your decision. But there’s a better approach, based on the Cappex College Priorities Worksheet. These tips focus on setting clear college priorities, based on what you want to get out of your college experience.


1. Location


The actual location of your college or university is a major factor.   If plane flights were free and time travel existed, a lot more students would probably be studying further away from home.  So the question comes to down to where you would like to live for four years? How far from home are you comfortable being?


2. Academics 


Do you know what you want to study in college?  Of the colleges you were accepted to, which one has the better program for what you want to do?  Does one college have smaller classes than the other?  What type of environment do you want to learn in?


3. Campus


What are the major differences between the college campuses you’re considering? How long does it take to walk from the dorms to the student union? Where are classes held? Is it urban or rural? Small differences in one college campus over the other might help you make your college decision.


4. Social Life


Some colleges are more academic or more social than others, so you’ll want to find the perfect balance for you. A social life can involve parties, sports, arts, Greek life, whatever you’d want yours to revolve around.

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