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Ready to make your perfect college list? It's time to identify your "wants" and "needs" so you can narrow down your college choices even further.
CollegeXpress Student Writer. In my blogI discussed the basics of how to start your college list. Here are tips for making a checklist of characteristics you may want to consider in each schoolnbeyond the typical considerations that people around you might suggest.
Anything you want!
But seriously…we all have different ideas of what we want to look for in a college, so just put whatever you think you might want or need in a school. These are far less mainstream than the typical things you'll hear about, like size, weather, location, rankings, etc. Many search sites normally allow you to filter schools by region i. One of the other big things: how far away is it from home? Some of us want to live 3, miles away.
Others want to travel just 15 minutes to get to school. Distance is something to consider, but it should not be a limiting factor.
Do you want an urban, suburban, or rural campus? Some people prefer a college town close to a big city, such as Ann Arbor, Michigan about an hour from Detroit ; Berkeley, California about 20 minutes from San Francisco ; or Cambridge, Massachusetts across the bridge from Boston.
Others might choose a college town a little farther away but still with a substantial population. Some might want to be in the middle of nowhere, while others want to be right in the middle of the city at schools such at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver or the University of Chicago.
Whatever environment and region you choose, you will surely find a few good matches! Why is campus size so important?
Another tip: Have an outlier. For example, you could apply to one big public school if all your other schools are small, private liberal arts colleges. Another thing to consider about your new home: what is the local community like?
Do you want night life? Or do you prefer a quiet town? For a little bit of fun, Google places to eat in the city, and read some reviews on Google or Yelp. For me, having a decent amount of Asian food nearby was one of the things I wanted.
I also wanted boba nearby and a pretty diverse population. I think we all have these little things we want to consider, even if they seem unimportant when actually choosing a school.
In terms of college rankings, we all want the best education we can get. One thing I highly recommend reading are student ratings and reviews.
Check out the ones on Google Maps, which tend to be entertaining—especially the ones with lower stars those are sometimes posted by people at rival schools and can be a funny read! There are also other less official places to read reviews, such as College Confidential. Niche has reviews from alumni and current students at colleges as well. So, what will you look for while building your college lists? I hope these tips help with your college search and make the process more fun and personalized for you.
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What goes on this checklist? Most places within those regions can get upwards of five feet of snow per year! Keep in mind that the East Coast gets a lot more snow than the West Coast. The northern part of the state can actually be pretty rainy and even snowy up in the mountains. Type of campus Do you want an urban, suburban, or rural campus? Size of campus Why is campus size so important? The surrounding area Another thing to consider about your new home: what is the local community like?
Rankings In terms of college rankings, we all want the best education we can get. Student reviews One thing I highly recommend reading are student ratings and reviews. Now. our community of over 5 million students!
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