In doing your college search, it’s important to note that there are many wonderful colleges out there. You may find one that is perfect for you, or you may find several. In deciding what colleges to consider, keep an open line of communication with your college counselor and parents. It’s important that everyone is on the same page throughout the college search process.
Here are some college search sites that the College Counseling Department recommends to get you started:
Some things to keep in mind during your college search
Size: Do you want a big school with many options? A small school with lots of personal attention? Something in between? Do you want large lectures or smaller seminar-style classes?
Location: What part of the country? Do you want to be in a city, small town, suburban or rural environment?
Academics: Does the college have the major you want? If you’re not sure of your major, what options are available for undecided students? Are there internships, research or foreign study opportunities? What are the qualifications of the teachers?
Activities: Is there a specific activity (club, sport, etc.) that you want to pursue in college? What is there to do on the weekends?
Campus atmosphere: What kind of rapport is there among students and faculty? Visit the campus and, if you can, eat in the dining hall, sleep in a residence hall and attend a class.
The Interview: This is your chance to present yourself in your best light to the admissions officers. Do your research: go onto the college’s website, talk to alumni, be ready with questions and be ready to answer questions in a way that will bring another positive facet to your application.
Cost: Keep in mind the cost of a school. While scholarships and financial aid may be available, will they be enough to realistically allow you to attend? How much debt are you willing to take on for the college investment?