How to Pick a College to Attend

by Michele Martinez
Pick a College to Attend

High school exams, SAT scores and now choosing the right college. The average high school student has literally thousands of colleges to pick from. Between college applications and campus visits, there is plenty of time to feel overwhelmed. How do you choose from so many colleges?

How to Pick a College to Attend

Decide what your major is going to be. You can begin looking at what colleges you want to attend based on if they offer the major that you want to study. This will narrow down the colleges but not enough so you need to continue with the next step.

Decide on cost. If cost is a factor then eliminate the college that is not in your price range. But before you do eliminate a college consider scholarships and financial aid ability. You may qualify and are not even aware of it.

Decide if you want to attend college in the state that you live in or attend one out of state. Usually it is less expensive for state residents to attend a college in that state. Other things to consider are the cost of travel back and forth to home, your family situation and if you just feel comfortable living in another state.

Decide whether you want to attend a University, state, community, or private college. If this has any bearing on your decision then decide before going any further. Some have their advantages. For example a private college may be religious in nature, a community college may be less expensive, and a state college may offer incentives to attend their college or university.

Narrow your college choice down to no more than ten colleges. When you do come up with a list of these colleges write a letter or email their admissions department for information on admissions. Follow through with the application procedures.

About the Author

Based in central New York, Michele Martinez has been writing self-help articles since 2007. Her articles have appeared on eHow, Associated Content and Helium. She attended Mohawk Valley Community College and has over 20 years of experience in the areas of aviation, real estate, student loans and education.

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