Begin by making a list of your non-negotiable items.What do you absolutely need in a college that you’re not willing to compromise on? This could be anything from a certain type of study to a larger school campus. Keep in mind, however, that this truly should be a non-negotiable aspect for you. It’s important not to limit your search and stay open to possibilities if you are able. Also, don’t limit yourself just to narrow down choices because you think you need to - those decisions will inevitably come later.
What do you want in a college?Think about what’s important to you in a college from a general aspect. Upon reflection, what types of features are most important to you?
Consider the Following:• Campus and Class Size
• Location and/or Distance from Home
• Majors, Courses of Study and Job Training
• Study Abroad Programs and Opportunities
• Internship Opportunities and Job-Placement Programs
• Tuition Affordability and Graduation Debt Rates
• Housing Options
• Student Body
• Student Life
• Extracurricular Activities
Do any of these features stand out as more or less important to you? Begin with the factors you consider most important, eliminating schools that don’t meet your criteria. Move on to the next important aspect and continue the process until you've finished with the list. Also, consider your educational goals. While many students are unsure of what they want to study, you may have an idea of what you’d like to accomplish. If so, consider if the schools you’re considering can provide a strong background in your area of study.