You Were Accepted to Multiple Colleges. Now what?

on March 7, 2017

As early and regular admission letters begin to roll-in, you might find yourself with multiple college options. If you do, here is a short list of things to think about when deciding which school is the best fit for your academic aspirations.

 

Academic Experience

 

First, don’t freak out. You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do after graduation. But you should already have an idea of what you want to study. Make sure there are classes offered and a major or minor available at the institution you choose.

 

Affordability

 

College is expensive. Hopefully, you qualify for academic scholarships. If not, consider how much you are willing to spend long-term on college. Private institutions typically are more expensive per-semester than public, state schools. Consider whether you want a meal plan and if you should live on campus because these things affect your bottom line.

 

Location

 

Leaving your hometown for a completely new scene is a great feeling. But there are pros and cons to consider in how far away you want to move. Even if you applied to all in-state schools, consider the distance from your house to campus. Are you the kind of student who wants to be able to go home on the weekends, or would you prefer to fly home during break? If you applied to out-of-state schools, think about the higher cost of tuition.

 

College Experience

 

Consider the level of fun you’ll be having. Do you want a school in a big city or a smaller college town? Are you a fan of historic buildings with charming amenities or do you want a newer campus with high-tech living standards? Will you thrive at a smaller school with a small network of students or do you find a larger campus more comforting? Finding the right fit is everything — so make sure you ask yourself these questions when making your decision.

 

Alumni

 

This is important in the long-term picture. College equips you with opportunities after graduation. Most schools show-off illustrious alumni as an example of what you could become. Ask admissions counselors and current students if you will be able to network with people who can help you get where you want to be? Find an alumnus or alumnae and ask about their experience. Most will be extremely happy to share their experiences with you.

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