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Applying to College - Tips for Choosing a College

Let's face it - applying to college can be overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like there are a million universities, colleges and institutes to choose from. This article lists questions that can be used to help you choose a school.

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The Big Question: Which Schools are Right for You?

As you prepare for your senior year in high school, you'll need to decide which colleges to apply to. Choosing a college is an important -- even crucial -- decision that should be based on a variety of factors.

Things to Consider when Applying to Colleges

When you're choosing which schools to apply for, it pays to ask the following questions:

  • What degree programs are offered?
  • What are the costs of tuition and housing?
  • What kind of financial aid is available?
  • What is the average class size?
  • What is the school's ranking (compared to other institutions)?
  • What kind of extracurricular activities are available?
  • What is the graduation rate?
  • What are the characteristics of the freshman class from the previous year?
  • How large is the student body?
  • How successful are graduates in finding employment?

How to Find Out More

Many relevant facts can be found on the website of a college or university. For further information about where a school stands compared to its peers, you can check a number of yearly rankings reports that are available online or in periodicals. Finally, if you have questions that can't be answered by consulting these sources, you can always call a school's admissions office - they'll be happy to answer any questions that you have.

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