5 Tips for Choosing (Your) Perfect College

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You’re so close to starting one of the most exciting adventures of your life – college! But with so many options, how do you pick the college that fits all your needs, goals, and dreams? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! Grab a comfy seat, and let’s dive into 5 tips to help you choose the perfect college (for you)!  

Pick Schools Based on Your Interests, Not Their Reputation 

Choosing a college based on its name or reputation doesn’t guarantee your success. Pick a college that offers the major or program you’re interested in studying. Not sure what you want to study? The Majors and Careers Quiz in Encourage will point you in the right direction – check it out in My Majors or My Careers.

Campus and Classroom Size Matters 

Take a second and think about who you are and what you’re looking for in a college. Do you want a lot of campus housing and dining options? How do you feel about classrooms of 100+ students? Do you need specific resources at your fingertips? The answers to these questions will guide you toward a large or small school and can impact your happiness in college.

Look for Program Diversity 

Some people pick colleges like they’re ordering off a menu – best program for my future major, please! Consider choosing a school that gives you flexibility! Check out colleges with a variety of majors and programs – that way, your interests can evolve!

Learn About Open-access Schools 

Getting into college can feel intimidating, but many colleges have open doors, welcoming more students than they’re turning away. Think about categorizing your applications into reach, target, and safety schools. Most colleges post their first-year student profiles, test score ranges, GPAs, and academic merits from the previous year’s admitted students. Compare your profile with what is published, and you’ll have a pretty good idea if you might be accepted to that school. Even if you choose a less selective school, that doesn’t mean you won’t get a solid education, especially if you choose a school that fits your needs and wants. 

It’s All About Fit 

We’re talking financially, academically, and the social scene – the whole package. Don’t follow the crowd to a certain college because your squad’s headed that way. This is your journey. If you make choices that match your style, you’ll discover the college with your name written all over it! 🎉

Head over to My Colleges in the Encourage app and use these tips to narrow down your top college picks.