Picking the Right University

So its that time of year where you seniors should be getting your acceptance letters. Be proud! A common issue that seniors tend to deal with are what to do when multiple universities accept you. If this is one of your biggest problems, then give yourself a pat on the back. The hard part is over. Now it is time to make the right decision in finding the best university for you.

Visit Universities Again

So maybe you visited a university well over a year ago, during the summer, and you really liked it. Try visiting it again while we are still in the winter. See if its cold weather doesn’t scare you off.

Sometimes people will find that they liked certain things during their first visit. But by their second visit, they realize that their taste had changed, and they are not as interested as they once were. This is okay.

Before you commit to any school, make sure you truly want to go there. Remember, this is where you will be spending the next four years of your life. Make sure you do it right.

Find the School That Matches Your Academic Focus

During your first visit, which may have been a year or two ago, you may not have been as serious about choosing the right school. Since then your priorities may have changed a bit. Just make sure that the school you pick now in the present still coincides with these college priorities. Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t take anything for granted. This is a huge decision for you, so let’s do it right.

During you first visit you may have been more focused on social aspects of the school. Do they have a fun night life? Will I make a lot of friends at a school like this? Now that you have a stronger understanding of your academic goals, you might be more focused on whether or not the university appeals to your academic focus. If you are seeking an engineering degree, for example, check out their engineering department. Meet your future professors. See if this is the right fit for you.

Calculate the College Costs

Do not ignore the cost, as this may be one of the most important deciding factors. If you have to take out student loans, make sure you know exactly what you are getting into before you make the commitment. Aside from the cost of tuition, also look at the general cost of living such as paying rent, buying food, groceries, etc. All of this will add up in the long run, so start calculating it all right now.

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Once again congratulations seniors! You have worked hard to get to where you are at. Now lets get you into the right college for you.

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