Visit the campusNo matter how near or far a college is, make yourself a promise: I will not enroll at any college without having visited it first. Your undergraduate degree could take you between three and five years to complete, depending on how many college credits you already have and whether you decide to add another major or minor. While you will have the option to change schools, most students view transferring as a last resort. Everyone, of course, hopes to “get it right” the first time.
Figure out your finances
Connect with peopleTrusted people around you are perhaps your most valuable resource when it comes to choosing a college. Speak with your guidance counselor, teachers, coach, and others who have attended college and/or know you well. Connecting with alumni of a college can allow you to get candid, first-hand information about all aspects of the school. Social media outlets like LinkedIn and Facebook usually have alumni groups that outsiders can view and message. Start networking! Your first line of business is to congratulate yourself on getting accepted to college. This is no easy feat, so go out with your friends or enjoy a delicious meal to celebrate. Then, get serious. Explore the college, consider your wallet, and mingle. Like any big decision, choosing a college requires time, energy, and thoughtfulness.
Tiffany Sorensen is a professional tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.