How to Pick the Right College

College touring season is approaching and high school  juniors (and even sophomores!) are starting to narrow down the colleges and universities they will be applying to. With almost 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, it can be difficult to know how to pick the right one. We have compiled 10 factors to consider when drafting your list, read below to find out more!

  1. Majors

This is a very important one! If you know that you want to major in something specific, make sure that the colleges you are applying to offer it as a major. If they do not, check to see if there is a concentration or minor that would work for you. If you aren’t quite set on a major, make sure that the schools you are applying to offer a wide range so that you are not limited later on.

  1. Acceptance Rate

While this should not be a deciding factor on whether not not you will apply to a school, it is important to be aware of what percentage of students are accepted and what their grades/ test scores were(some colleges have this information on their College Board profiles). This will allow you to build a list of colleges that vary in selectivity and will ensure that you have at least one school to fall back on.

  1. Location

Some people love the sun and others hate it. Some want to be close to home, and others want to be far. Location is very important to consider, seeing as you will be spending the next 4 years there. Make sure to tour and get a feel for not only the college but the surrounding cities and reas.

  1. Cost

College can be expensive, and keeping in mind your budget and whether you want to take out loans is crucial. Tuition and fee information can be found on the website of most colleges and can be used as a considering factor.

  1. Sports and clubs 

If you are very passionate about a particular club or sport, make sure that the college you are applying to offers it. This can be a great way to meet people and build connections. If the schools you are applying to do not offer it, consider the possibility of starting it in the future.



Amanda De Moraes

Boston Tutoring Services

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