Finding a college or university that you are compatible with and a campus you feel comfortable on are very important. Try to match your abilities and needs with the college’s or university’s requirements and expectations. Consider all of the following when seeking a college “match.” Also try College Match on Naviance. @Naviance.com
1. Academic demands: Select a school that challenges you academically to reach your full potential.
2. Type of institution: Institutions may be co-ed or women only, a college (2 or 4 year) or a university, and public or private or have a religious affiliation.
3. Majors offered: If you have chosen an intended major, ensure the institutions you are considering offer it.
4. Instructors: Some large institutions have graduate students teaching courses; be sure to ask if the professors teach the classes.
5. Geographic location: Do you prefer an urban, rural, or small town campus? Keep in mind the cost of travel and distance from family members.
6. Social standards: Is the school conservative or liberal? Consider the rules, how much cultural diversity the school offers, and what organizations are available.
7. Size of enrollment: Do you want to blend in or know everyone? How large are the classes? What is the student/teacher ratio? What is their retention rate?
8. Campus facilities: What do you prefer for dorm rooms, dining areas, classrooms, libraries, computer facilities, labs, studios, and campus security?
9. Extracurricular activities: Consider interscholastic versus intramural sports, Greek life, and student organizations.
10. Assistance: Consider the advisory, counseling, medical and dental facilities, and career counseling and placement.
11. Special programs: Research the institution’s honor colleges, study abroad opportunities, co-op, and early admission to medical/law programs.
12. Cost: Meet with the financial aid office to discuss the costs of tuition, room and board, supplies, transportation, books, and personal expenses.