Every student has a different environment that they thrive the most in - what works for one student may not necessarily work for another. That’s why it's important to do prior research before committing to a college. Whether it be through searching through websites, contacting the school’s administration, attending tours, or sitting down with your guidance counselor, it’s important to get answers to your questions and fulfillment to your preferences. Before you make your final decision, be sure to consider the following seven factors:During their high school career, students often get the opportunity to explore their interests and passions - whether it be through extracurricular activities, jobs, or summer opportunities. If you find one area intriguing, look at majors and even potential careers that correspond with those interests. Then try to find colleges that have strong programs that align with those interests. For example, if you enjoyed participating in science fairs during high school, you may want to consider colleges that have strong science and research programs that you would be interested in pursuing.On the other hand, colleges located in urban environments are great if you are looking for part-time jobs and internships - giving you plenty of opportunities to network. Because these colleges are locating in cities, there are more choices if you want to live off campus as an upperclassman. You will also be exposed to a great variety of entertainment options - whether it be museums, concerts, moving, or theatrical plays. With more things to do, urban colleges tend to attract a more diverse student body - allowing you to interact with students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Keep in mind though that urban colleges tend to be more expensive than rural colleges. The third type of college is in a suburban environment. Suburban colleges can be in small cities, large towns, or residential areas near large cities. Suburban colleges tend to be a mix of factors between rural and urban colleges. If different aspects of an urban and rural college environment seem appealing to you, a suburban college environment may be for you! Every college is different in its own unique way. It's up to you to decide what works best for you. If locations end up being the deciding factor between two colleges, make sure to consider the distance away from home!
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