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Making your final college decision


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

For most high school seniors, the daily anxiety-filled trip to the mailbox in search of the fat envelope is over. If you fall into this category, hopefully you have come away with a number of acceptance letters. Now comes the hard part; which school to attend. While the decision-making process can be overwhelming, try to remain focused on your academic goals and carefully consider your options before committing to any decisions.

Weighing the pros and cons
According to Fox Business, the first thing students and their parents should do is create a list of the requirements they have for prospective schools. It is important for students to include their parents in this process. There are many factors to consider: cost, distance from home size of school, social life. Students cannot assess all of this factors alone. Use this list to evaluate the schools and identify a potential match.

"Thinking through these basic questions will help narrow down the choices, and may even help parents who may be having a hard time handing the reigns over to their children to relax a little and trust their child to make smart choices," Veronica Montalvo, vice president of Online Education Institute Enrollment Management at Post University, told the news source.

Digging deeper
Something else students should think about before making their final decision is how committed the faculty members and staff at their prospective schools are to upholding the values of the school, and how well current students feel the school is performing. The Star Tribune recommends students request a copy of the Higher Educational Research Institute's faculty satisfaction and engagement survey. This may reveal how strongly a school's faculty members feel about their work, and whether staff at a prospective college share a sense of common purpose. This can lead to a substantially more engaging educational experience.

Now that you've been accepted, think back to your initial campus visit. Were there any questions that the guide could not answer? Are you confused about the requirements for your chosen major? If the schools you are considering offer an accepted students day program, be sure to attend and ask all those questions. And while there be sure to talk to current students about the school and about themselves. These people could be your schoolmates for the next several years.

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