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Compare colleges before applying

Friday, July 06, 2012

During your search for a college, the more schools you have an interest in applying to, the less time you may have to fill out their applications to the best of your ability. Rather than submitting several lackluster admissions essays, consider pairing the number of colleges and universities you could see yourself attending to an amount that won’t leave you feeling stretched thin.

If you feel as though this will be difficult, you can turn to online tools like the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center, which allows you to compare the costs of attending various schools.

Unfortunately, when you use this Web-based resource, you will only compare costs. While tuition plays an important role in your decision, there is so much more to your college experience than how much you end up paying. As a result, consider creating or using an existing college comparison worksheet.

You can find a template for this worksheet on the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Web site or create your own with the categories that matter the most to you. Ultimately, your worksheet should provide you with a place to rank the features that can make or break your college experience.

Try to rank each college’s campus, academic programs, activities and housing options. After you have assigned a ranking to each category, you may have a clearer sense of which colleges deserve your full attention when filling out applications. - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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Pace University
Known for its exceptional academic experience and preparing students for careers, 1,200 students yearly participate in the University internship program, the largest in the NY metro area.

Mount Aloysius College
Our liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills for success in a wide range of professions.

Roger Williams University
Come for the 40+ majors, 20 varsity athletics teams and 60+ clubs and orgs, stay for the top-rated food and waterfront views.

Lesley University
Offering degrees that prepare students to become leaders in education, human services, the arts and environmental studies.

Niagara University
Niagara University emphasizes ethics, lifelong learning, and service to others to prepares for lives and careers that are both successful and fulfilling.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Polytechnic Institute of NYU is New York metropolitan's major educational resource in science and technology education and research.

University of Phoenix
U of P Online, a true innovator in distance education, allows students to earn their degrees and advance their careers - all online.

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