Many parents begin saving and planning for their children’s advanced education as soon as their offspring are born, or even earlier. Once a youngster approaches his or her senior year in high school, the college selection process is generally well underway. The college choice undertaking may seem daunting, but it need not be.
What essentials do prospective students seek, as they select their target colleges or universities?
Here are eight key areas to consider before ponying up hard-earned funds for college applications.
How far is the campus from home? In what sort of community is it situated? Does the aspiring collegian prefer an urban or rural atmosphere?
2. Admissions standards
Is the potential applicant a reasonable candidate for acceptance at the college or university? Do grades and standardized test scores fall within the suggested ranges?
How many students are currently enrolled in the school? What is the student-to-teacher ratio? What percentage of the students attend full-time, versus those pursuing part-time studies?
4. Academic reputation
How does the college or university measure up to national standards? Is it ranked well? Are course credits accepted readily by other academic institutions? What percentage of its graduates find jobs quickly? How many go on to earn graduate degrees?
5. Fields of study
Does the school offer suitable academic majors, based on the student’s likely areas of interest? Are internships and independent studies available?
6. Schooling options
Must students carry full credit loads, or are individualized educational paths available? Are online degrees offered as well? What about distance learning, overseas study programs, and satellite campus options?
Do most students live on-campus in residence halls? Are off-campus apartments available? Can students commute from home? What athletic, extracurricular, special-interest, and social activities exist?
How much does tuition cost for one year? What about room and board, books and supplies, and other fees? How do financial aid packages measure up? Can students participate in work-study programs and other cost-saving options?
These questions may help the future university or college student to whittle down his or her choices and to pick a suitable target school or more.
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