Guidelines For Making The Final College Choice

The waiting is almost over as admission notices get sent out now and within the next few weeks. Making an informed and correct college choice is crucial.

There are a variety of ways that each person goes about making their final college choice.  Factors in selecting a college may vary from person to person.  However, there are some common questions that should be taken into consideration.

Here are guidelines for making the final college choice:

  1. Eliminate colleges that you would not consider attending. This may reduce your acceptance list and make the final college choice a bit easier
  2. Proceed with caution if you have not visited the college. If you have not had an opportunity to visit and still have time before the final decision, then make time. It’s not a good idea to accept an offer of admission if you have not visited the college. If you don’t want to visit, then this college should most likely be removed from your list. First deposits are due May 1st, so there is still time.
  3. Academically, make sure your college has a host of opportunities especially if you have not decided on your major. You will want to explore different courses and make sure you have lots of options.
  4. Most colleges do have lots of extracurricular activities. However, if you have special interests in activities in which you would like to partake, make sure your college has this available or that your choices of activities are nearby.
  5. Consider the location of the college.  If it’s close to home, you should still not visit home within the first few months to give yourself a chance to acclimate to your new surroundings. You may gain that sense of independence quicker if you don’t live at home and visit too frequently
  6. Social relationships in college are important.  Don’t make a decision based on where your friends are going to college.  Your college years will be a great time to make many new and lasting friendships
  7. Although your family loves you and wants the best for you, the final college choice should be the student’s decision. If you listen to your parents and it winds up not working out, there could be resentments. Parents should set some boundaries and discuss finances, but stay out of the decision.
  8. Accept a period of transition when you start college. Know that you will grow, learn and change regardless of where you attend.  The right college choice does have an impact on your life and perhaps your eventual career, so give it lots of thought and be thorough in your research.
  9. Finances do play a major part in your final college choice. Students should discuss this with their families as some may need to take loans and others may choose to live at home for a period of time. You can call the financial aid offices of the various colleges to see how they can help. Contact us for college financial guidance:

Call 866.348.3393 for additional help with making your final college choice, what to do if you’re waitlisted or should you decide to defer.