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Get Ready for College: Choosing the Right College
This guide will contain resources to help you get ready for college.
Choosing the Right College
Start out by making a list of your top priorities.
School Size and Type
What do you want to study?
Choose schools and apply!
Apply to some reach schools, some schools you feel confident you will get into, and some that you know you will get into. This will give you options when it comes time to decide.
Starting early can help narrow down your choices!
Common Mistakes when Choosing a College
What you think your major will be is not always what your major ends up being.
Do not pick on the reputation of the college alone. Use your own ranking system to find out what is important to you.
Choosing based on whether or not it's a party school can be a mistake.
Rushing the decision. Take time to do your research, visit and find out all you can before committing.
Don't let the cost of tuition scare you. Schools often have significant financial aid packages that they offer to students.
Letting someone else choose for you: whether it is a significant other, a friend or even a parent!