As the school year is quickly coming to an end (three months!), it’s time for the graduating class to close out on a decision on what college they should attend or finish up their applications. And as for you juniors, now is as good a time to start considering this as any! So you may find yourself asking, “How do I make this decision?” Well here are a couple tips to help you work towards that.
Start by thinking about what you may be interested in majoring in. There are a lot of colleges out there, and all of them have programs that they specialize in. So what is it that you want to do? You don’t have to have a rock-steady idea, although if you do, that’s great! After you have established a general idea, start searching for colleges based off of the programs they offer. Obviously if you wanted to be a doctor, you don’t want to go to a college that specializes in law. If they don’t offer a major that you’re interested in, then cross it off the list! Another point to be made here is, don’t be intimidated by any colleges! In your mind you may think that a particular college is “out of your league” but that’s most likely not the case! And besides, if you apply to a college, the worst thing they could do is say no. And in perspective, that’s not that bad.
Which brings us to our next point. Have some safety-net colleges! So you didn’t get into your first pick. Ok, no big deal! Hopefully you applied to other colleges as a backup! You need to send in more than one application. Make a list of five to ten colleges that meet your criteria, and send them out! So, if you don’t get accepted into one, there’s always the next!
Another point to be made is, don’t be turned away from applying to a college because of tuition! Sure, it’s pretty expensive, but there are lots of ways to pay. Check out the financial aid offered by the college as well as any and all scholarships available to you. And you can also open up student loans.
Finally, make sure to consider the school’s location! Where is it? How far from home are you willing to go? Do you want to be as far away as possible, or do you want to be able to go home and do laundry on the weekends? These are all questions you need to be able to answer while applying.
So, after all those acceptance letters start flowing in, it’s up to you to make the decision from there. Good luck!