The college application process is long, with many steps and checklists. Of these steps, one of the most important is the process of researching colleges and creating a solid college list that's best suited for you.
By now, you should know the career path you're looking to embark on, or at the least, a general understanding of the area of work you want to get into. Need help with identifying your career path? Take a look at our article on Jobs of the Future and how to prepare for them.
Pro tip: Researching colleges sometimes helps you refine your career choice.
A few things to consider when curating your college list:
Ultimately, your biggest goal in going to a college or university is to learn. So, make this your priority. Ask yourself some critical questions:
Remember that some colleges are better at delivering technical proficiencies, while others are remarkable in preparing you for theoretical work. Consider which of these is more critical for your intended profession and allow this to inform your decision.
CAN YOU LIVE THERE (COMFORTABLY)?
Especially if you'll be staying on campus, the social aspect of a college is also a very important consideration to make. Consider:
It's very important to remember that the college you select is a place you will likely have to live at for the next four years. Comfort and ease have to be major factors in your college selection formula.
We all want the best; however, sometimes we have to balance our optimism with a bit of reality. Sad as it may be, there are some schools that will match all your requirements, but are just out of your league financially. Sit with your parents and discuss your options, consider also financial aid and the varying amounts of aid granted to and by different institutions, for different programs.
These apps websites will prove helpful in your research process:
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