C2C: Choosing the Right College for You
College isn’t just about earning a degree — it’s an experience that holds the power to shape the rest of your life and who you are as a person. There are several factors you should consider when you’re looking for colleges to make sure you end up on a campus where you feel at home.
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Also, take a look at the factors you should consider in your college search below:
One of the most important factors to weigh when evaluating colleges is where the institution is located. Colleges and universities are spread across urban, suburban and rural parts of the country. Some students want to earn a degree while living in a bustling city while others feel more at home in a cozy college town. Some students want to attend a college that is close to home, while others want to go to a college that is halfway across the nation.
Colleges and universities are broken down into a few categories. First, colleges tend to be institutions that solely award undergraduate degrees and universities tend to award undergraduate and graduate degrees. Most students attend a university, not a college. Students who are going to fields like STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) also might find research universities a good fit. There, they will have the opportunity to contribute to projects that will add academic bling to their resumes.
Not all colleges and universities are the same size. It’s important to consider whether a sprawling campus like Michigan State University, which has 50,000 students, or Dartmouth College, which has about 6,000 students. A college’s size will dictate how many students are in classes and how often students will get to interact with professors. Small colleges will be able to devote more attention to each student while large universities have less of a personal touch.
Remember, even though smaller colleges will offer more hands-on attention, larger universities will have more clubs and activities to join.
One of the most important things to consider when evaluating colleges is the academic programs they offer. Even if you haven’t chosen a major, you need to make sure a college has fields of study that interest you. This should be at the top of your list when selecting colleges.