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How to find the perfect college

Bethany Arnold, Editor

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Choosing where you’ll be spending your next four years can be a very scary task, but in reality, it could be the easiest part of the college process.

If you already know what major you are interested in studying, then the simplest option to search “best colleges for [your intended major].”Doing this will give you an extended list of the best schools to attend, and from there, you can start researching.

You can always go to the college’s website to find out more about it, including their mission statement, their extra curricular opportunities, and their overall academic approach.

Websites such as College Board can help you find a college step-by-step. Some of the things you should consider when choosing a college are

The kind of college (2 year or 4 year)

The location of the college

The size of the student body

The dorm / Greek life

The cost of the college

The majors the college has

The social and learning environment of the college

Learning your preferences regarding these options will help narrow down your college choices, especially if you aren’t sure what major you want to study for. Some colleges won’t have you declare your major until the end of your sophomore year. Or, you can always find a college that you like and go undecided.

Cappex is an incredibly helpful tool to use when looking into colleges. It helps you create a college list as well as shows colleges that are personally interested in having you apply. It also has tips and coaching on applying to each college. Possibly the best tool on the site is the “find out your chances” tool. Simply input your information, and they will show you where you stand compared to students who got accepted as well as denied. If you have a pretty good idea of your standings, you can look up each college’s acceptance rate individually. This can range anywhere from 4.9%-100%.

Once you have found some colleges that you enjoy, you could add them to your Common App and start looking and preparing for what is required to apply. This includes differing application fees as well as teacher recommendations and essays. If colleges are on the Common App, they will require an Common App essay, but might also have other required essays of their own. If they are not on the Common App, the requirements for application are usually the same, but do not require the Common App essay and must be sent separately.

Once you are aware of your preferences, it’s only a matter of time before you have your dream college picked out and you’re starting to apply.

 

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