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Identify the right schools to meet your academic, financial, and lifestyle goals
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So you are looking at Colleges...
What should you consider?
- Do you want to stay close to home or go farther away?
- Do you want to be in a particular state, city or general location?
- What type of climate do you want?
- What kind of geography, scenery, or landscape do you want? City or mountains or beach. Urban or rural?
2. School Culture
- What size school do you want to attend? Small (less than 500 students), Medium (between 5000 and 15,000 students) or Large (over 15,000 students)
- Are athletics important to you?
- Do you want a school with a lot of school pride and sporting events?
- CLubs and activities?
- Greek life?
- Diversity, community service, social life?
- What academic program(s) are you interested in?
- High level or academics?
- Do you want to enroll in an honors program?
- So you want to study abroad?
- What can you afford?
- Should you consider community college for the first 2 years?
- What financial aid packages are potentially available?
College Board’s BigFuture website offers several tools to help a student navigate the college search including career exploration. Insightful information and videos are free to explore at any time.
Types of Colleges – Click here to learn more about each type of college
- Public and private colleges
- For-profit colleges
- Four year and two year colleges
- Liberal arts colleges
- Community colleges
- Vocational-technical and career colleges
- Colleges with a special focus
- Arts colleges
- Single sex colleges
- Religiously affiliated colleges
- Specialized-mission colleges
What college do I want to attend? What major should I choose? What careers am I interested in? See how these students found what was right for them.
Learning more about yourself is a great way to begin the career-planning process. Your passions, hobbies and experiences can all help you find your path.
The first step to exploring what you want to do in the future involves thinking about who you are now. Experts give advice on where to start.
A campus visit can help you make decisions about what you’re looking for in a college. Find out what you can do to get the best experience from your campus visit.
Finding out what you want to be in the future involves knowing who you are today. A self-inventory can help you plan for college and a career.
What’s so great about a college education? A lot. Going to college is one of the smartest decisions you’ll make about your future. Find out why.
The higher your level of education, the more money you’ll earn each year. Check out the numbers and see how getting an education pays.
College Board - How to start planning for college in 11th grade
A planning checklist
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