Congratulations – you were accepted! You should be very proud of all your hard work and effort up until this point in both your academic achievements and college admissions process.
But, don’t stop now! While the hard work is mainly over, there are some things you should do to ensure you can make a decision and stay confident you made the right one.
The good news? Most of these tasks are a lot more fun because they involve planning out the exciting aspects of your future semester as a college freshman.
Before your make your final decision…
1. Time to Celebrate!
You’ve worked hard and you deserve to revel in your success. It doesn’t matter if it’s your top tier school or your back up: either way, you rock and they see that.
Take time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done. All of your hard work on your applications, essays, standardized test prep and academic performance paid off – you deserve to feel great about it!
2. Schedule Another Tour of the Campus
Before you decide on any college, it’s a good idea to visit as many times as possible. If you’re close enough to do so, schedule another campus tour.
This time around, you’ll likely discover new and different aspects you like or dislike because you won’t be as overwhelmed as you were the first time around.
3. Weigh the Pros and Cons
Listing out aspects of each school and ranking them can really help you narrow down your choices. Create a list of “must-haves” and cross off any school that doesn’t meet the criteria. Then, you can weigh other aspects that aren’t deal-breakers, but are still important.
While you’re visiting campuses (whether it’s the first or fifteenth time), try to take notes while you’re there so you can be sure remember your experiences and weigh the pros and cons afterward.
4. Figure Out the Finances
Before making any decisions, crunch the numbers to find out how much your tuition will actually be after factoring in tuition costs, student housing (don’t forget books, etc.!).
Then, factor in any financial aid you qualify for, scholarships you’ve earned and any other aspects that will help you meet the price of tuition. Once you’ve done some number crunching, it’s time to evaluate whether or not it’s a school you can realistically afford.
Remember, you can always continue to apply for scholarship opportunities throughout your college career, too!
5. Make THE Decision...for Yourself
Easier said than done, right? Ultimately, you do need to make a decision. Just make sure that the decision is yours and yours alone – your parents, siblings, significant others and friends likely have valuable input but, at the end of the day, you’re the one who will be attending the school.
Ensure it’s the right one for you by taking others opinions into account but, ultimately, making the decision on your own.