How to choose the right college

As graduation and the end of the year approaches, many upperclassmen find themselves having to figure out their lives after high school. For many, college decisions and deadlines are just around the corner. Many teenagers simply don’t know where they want to go to college, because it is the next four years of life, after all. Although picking a college seems like a very daunting challenge, it doesn’t have to be.

When first choosing where you want to go to college, it is necessary to consider these things, at least: location, price, major and student atmosphere. If you can decide what you want for each of these, choosing a college is already significantly less challenging because you know what to look for.

Location is very important. Do you want to move hours away into a new state, or will you be too homesick and opt for the college 20 minutes away? This is a pretty important question to ask yourself. Not only this, but the city or town that that college is in will determine what kinds of activities you will enjoy outside of class. Classes aren’t the only thing you do in college, after all. Once again, after deciding the area in which you wish to attend a university, this narrows down your search.

Price is another significant consideration when selecting the perfect college. With tuition on the rise, make sure you know what scholarships you can obtain at the colleges you are looking at. Always make sure that the college you are looking into is within an amount you are willing to pay off in the future. Student debt is real!

Next is selecting your major. If you have a really specific major such as biomedical engineering, you probably will have a smaller range of schools that offer that major. That, in itself, is a useful tool to make your pool of colleges smaller and easier to choose from. On the other hand, if your major is psychology or business, most universities are likely to offer it. Despite what major you choose, having a vague idea of what you want to study is always helpful.

Last, but definitely not least, is student life and atmosphere. This one is actually extremely important. The next four years of your life shouldn’t be all work and no play. Student life is super important to your mental wellbeing and happiness. By taking a tour of the college, you are sure to get a feel for what the social scene is like at that college. Whether it is more reserved or Greek life is prevalent, taking a tour of the school will definitely help you grasp the environment of the college.

College is a major life decision and should not be taken lightly. Although that sounds harsh, it is the reality of it. However, with that being said, picking a college should not have to be an overwhelming experience. By narrowing down your options and finding out what you do and do not like in a college, your college selection process is sure to be easier.