Can I get into this school?
Look at the average GPA and SAT scores of students accepted to the college last year. How do your GPA and SAT scores compare? Also, look at the percentage of students accepted last year.
Keep in mind that colleges are trying to diversify their incoming class in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, geography, and career interests, among other factors.
It is also important to know about any special admission programs, like EOP (Educational Opportunity Program).
Does this college offer a good education?
Quality refers to the strength of the education and experience a college can offer.
Some indicators of quality are:
Sophomore return rate
PREFERENCES AND NEEDS
Does this college have what I want?
Go back to the College Wish list you filled out.
What does it show that you want in a school?
Consider your preferences in regards to:
Size of student population
Majors and programs
Diversity of the student body
Academic support services
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A COLLEGE
Attending college is a major investment of time, money, and energy! Applying to college also requires an investment of these things. It is important that you become an informed consumer so that you can choose wisely which colleges may be best for your investments. Below, OPTIONS has provided a resources guide to finding out important information about colleges. It is important to understand that no single one of these sources will give you a full picture of any college. The college research process involves getting as much information from as many places as possible. Here are some important factors to keep in mind:
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Can I afford this school?
Paying for college is a major concern for students and families. Look at the total cost of attendance for each college – add up the costs for tuition, room and board, fees and estimates for transportation and books. To estimate what kind of financial aid may be available, look at the percentage of students who financial need is met and any school policies regarding meeting financial aid.