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Finding the Right College: Chapter Summary
With all the college choices out there, you may find it difficult to decide which one you want to attend. Having the right information and support can make the decision a lot easier. Let our trained guidance counselors and academic advisors suggest strategies for finding the best college for you. This chapter covers topics such as:
Finding colleges based on location
Would you like to attend college far away from your family or would you prefer to stay close? Is there a particular area you've always wanted to live in? This lesson will show you how to find colleges based on location so you can see which options are available to you in your desired area.
Evaluating a college's academics
One of the most important features you should look for in a potential college is whether or not it offers your desired major. Let us teach you how to find colleges that offer the major you want and see how to determine if a college is right for your academic needs.
Considering a college's financial aid options
Another essential factor to consider when deciding if a college is right for you is whether or not you can afford to go there. We'll let you know how to find colleges with work-study programs and on-campus employment opportunities to help ease the financial burden. If you're looking to attend a private college, we'll let you know how to find ones that have good financial aid options.
Determining how a college will affect your career prospects
A lot of students attend college for the purpose of preparing for a career. In this lesson, we'll help you find colleges that provide good career opportunities after graduation and high returns on investment. Find colleges that offer the most bang for your buck.
Locating colleges that accept transfer credits
If you want to save time and money on your education, it is crucial that you find a college that accepts alternative transfer credits. Doing so will allow you to earn credit by exam or earn credit for courses taken at a cheaper school such as a community college. Our guidance counselors let you know how to find colleges that recognize transfer credits.
1. How to Find Colleges Based on Location
How do you choose the right college for you? For many students, this question isn't easily answered. One option is to look at the location of a college. Watch this lesson to find out more about how and why to find colleges based on geography.
2. How to Find Colleges With the Major You Want
How do I choose a college? The answer to that question is multi-faceted, but one aspect worth considering is whether a college offers the major you want to study. Watch this lesson to find out how to find colleges that offer your major.
3. How to Find Colleges That Are An Academic Fit
A college's academics are, in large part, what defines it as a school. But how do you find a college that's a good academic fit? Watch this lesson to find out what elements go into a school's academics and how to find colleges that are right for you.
4. Find Colleges with Work Study and On-Campus Jobs
In order to defray the cost of college, many students find that they have to work part-time. In this lesson, we will explore two part-time employment opportunities for students: federal work-study jobs and campus employment.
5. Find Private Colleges with Financial Aid Opportunities
College can be very expensive. How can a student find a college that offers generous financial aid? In this lesson, we'll look at financial aid and its relationship to the net price of college. We'll also look at how to find colleges that give a lot of financial aid.
6. Finding Colleges with Good Career Prospects and Salaries
Attending college can be expensive, so how do you know if it's worth it? Watch this lesson to learn about one measure of whether a college is worth the expense - return on investment - and how major choice affects it.
7. Find Colleges That Accept Alternative Transfer Credits
Transfer credits are one way that students can save money on college expenses. In this lesson, we'll look at alternative ways to earn transfer credits and how to find out whether a school accepts alternative transfer credits.
Earning College Credit
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Transferring credit to the school of your choice
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