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How to Choose a College: Guidance Counseling

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  • Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Before choosing a college, review this course written by an experienced guidance counselor to help you choose which colleges to apply for. These short video lessons will help you make an informed decision based on your educational goals.
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Ch 1. Financial Considerations of Attending College {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[13614].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - The Pros and Cons of Attending Community College Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13615].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13615].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Saving Time and Money with Credit By Exam Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13838].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13838].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - The Benefits of In-State Public Colleges Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16121].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16121].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - When is a Private College Worth the Tuition? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16122].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16122].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch 2. Earning Low-Cost Transfer Credit {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[16123].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - Types of College-Level Transfer Credit Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16124].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16124].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16124].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16124].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - How to Test Out of College General Education Requirements Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16125].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16125].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16125].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16125].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - How to Prepare for College Credit-By-Exam Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16126].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16126].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - Tips for Transferring Credit to Your College Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16127].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[16127].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch 3. Characteristics of a College {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[13733].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - How to Choose a College Location Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13840].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13840].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Tips for Comparing Public and Private Colleges Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13841].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13841].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - Evaluating Student Success Rates Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13842].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13842].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - How Can You Find the Financial Health of a College? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13843].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13843].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 5 - Comparing Large and Small Colleges Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13844].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13844].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13844].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13844].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Colleges Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17231].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17231].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 7 - What is Accreditation? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17232].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17232].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 8 - Finding the Real Cost of College: Tips for Students Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13839].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13839].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 9 - Do I Qualify for Scholarships or Financial Aid? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13845].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13845].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 10 - Which Student Life Options Should I Consider? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13846].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13846].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 11 - Semester vs. Quarter Schedule: Pros and Cons Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13847].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13847].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 12 - Evaluating the Academics of a College Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13848].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13848].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 13 - Decide Which Student Services Are Important for You Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13849].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13849].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13849].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13849].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 14 - How To Evaluate College Admissions Criteria Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13850].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13850].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 15 - Find Colleges That Accept Alternative Transfer Credits Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13851].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13851].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch 4. Researching a College {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[13550].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - Choosing a College: What's Important to You? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13551].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13551].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - How to Evaluate Your College Options Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13618].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13618].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - How to Research and Compare Schools Without a College Visit Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13727].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13727].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13727].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13727].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - How to Research Colleges Efficiently and Without Stress Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14052].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14052].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 5 - How to Decide Where To Apply to College Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13728].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13728].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 6 - How Many Colleges Should I Apply To? - Tips to Follow Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13729].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13729].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 7 - Making Your College Decision: An Investment in Your Future Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13755].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13755].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch 5. Finding a College {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[17257].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - How to Find Colleges Based on Location Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17258].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17258].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - How to Find Colleges With the Major You Want Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17259].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17259].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - How to Find Colleges That Are An Academic Fit Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17260].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17260].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17260].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17260].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Find Colleges with Work Study and On-Campus Jobs Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17261].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17261].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17261].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17261].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Evaluating a College's Social Fit Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17262].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17262].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 6 - Find Private Colleges with Financial Aid Opportunities Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17263].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17263].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17263].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17263].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Finding Colleges with Good Career Prospects and Salaries Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17264].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17264].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch 6. Applying to College {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[17265].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - Deciding Where You'll Apply to College Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17266].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17266].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Understanding the College Application Timeline Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17267].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17267].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - When and How to Use the Common Application Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17268].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17268].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - How to Navigate the College Application Process Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17269].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17269].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 5 - Tips for Crafting a Strong College Application Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17270].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17270].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - FAFSA Tips: How to Apply for Financial Aid Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13730].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13730].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Understanding Your Work-Study Options Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13731].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13731].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13731].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13731].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Applying for Scholarships at Your College Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13617].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13617].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - Applying for Private Scholarships Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13732].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13732].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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