How to Find the Perfect College

Looking for the perfect college after high school can be the most exciting time of your life, but almost the most stressful. You're finally an adult, most likely will live in a dorm(which means practically being on your own-yay!), and your ready to leave that high school drama behind!


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    Start thinking. You should be thinking about what colleges you want to enroll in as early as sophomore year in high school. By this time, its important to think about what you would like to major in. Choosing a major is another hard decision, but think about things that you like to do. Do you love math? Perhaps you can major in accounting. Are you great at finding the scoop on almost anything? Journalism can be an awesome major for you. Discover what you love and see how you can apply it in a college major.
    • By Junior year you should have an idea on what major you will be studying.
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    Picture your ideal college. If you can write down the perfect college, what characteristics would it have? Programs, student to faculty ratio etc.
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    Have a talk with your parents about their budget and how much they are willing to pay tuition wise. This will help you narrow your school choices by tuition, and help your parents figure out a budget.
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    Also talk to your parents about location. Are you planning to stay in-state or go to school out-of-state? This decision can also affect tuition, pricing, and financial aid.
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    Start researching. Once you have gathered this information, you are now ready to research schools. Don't be afraid to research HUNDREDS of schools as there are many opportunities out there.
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    Make a list of the top 20 schools that interested you, listing the number 1 school as your "dream" school and list everything thereafter in order of how bad you want to get accepted.
    • According to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the top qualities college freshmen seek in a school include:
      • Academic reputation
      • Availability of financial aid
      • Job placement success
      • College size
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    Find out what really matters to you and what you can handle. If you are a small town girl/boy that graduated with less than 500 seniors, a large university may not be the choice for you as this can create stress and you may feel like you don't fit in.
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    Find out what tests your preferred colleges require: SAT or ACT. If you're not the best at taking tests or your scores weren't terrific, there are many schools that are more lenient
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    Make frequent visits to your guidance counselors office. He to she will be able to get you information on tour dates, deadlines etc.
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    Try to visit the school. Most schools have campus tours where you can see classroom size, the population, dorm rooms etc. This can give a bigger picture on what life would be like if you attended this school.
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    Once you have narrowed down the schools that you know would be a great fit for, START APPLYING! Make sure to apply to a handful of schools as unfortunately you may get rejected from one.
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    Be prepared. You may not get into every school you apply to. Many people also don't get into the school of their first choice. Make sure to have a plan B...and C.
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    No matter what happens, be proud that you made it to college! Prepare to meet new people, make new friends and take the first step into your future. Congratulations!


  • Visit this website for more helpful hints on how tackle college life, and get help on finding a school!
  • Talk to older siblings, friends older siblings or anyone you may know that is of college age. Ask them about their college experience(pros and cons)so you can have an idea on what it's like.
  • The most important factor to consider in choosing a college is your PERSONALITY!


  • Make sure the college you choose is ACCREDITED! Many people fall into the trap of enrolling in schools that are not accredited by the school board which can be a waste of thousands of dollars, and in most cases those credits do not transfer to any other university or college
  • Be aware of the difference between private and public schools. Private schools cost THOUSANDS of dollars more!

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