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Revisit colleges before making your final decision

Monday, April 07, 2014

The deadline to submit your college acceptance letter is fast approaching, and while you may want to post the letter and put an end to the college search process, now might be the time to slow things down. Choosing a college is a big decision – one that might require you to visit or revisit the finalists on your list, and your spring break could be the ideal period to take trips to campuses. Here are a few tips for making the most of these excursions:

Ease into the process
There's a good chance you've taken part in scheduled campus tours or open house events during your college search. You've heard the presentations, toured the buildings and received lots of brochures. Now is the time for you to get a real feel for college by making an informal visit to see what it is like to actually be on a college campus. Sometimes just visiting a college in your area, even one you did not apply to, will give you a feel for life on campus.

Be flexible with your schedule
You may have grand plans to visit multiple schools on your trip, efficiently touring multiple campuses in a single day. While there's nothing wrong with making the most of your time, you should leave room to be spontaneous once you're on the campus. Instead of rushing from one tour to another, leave time to eat meals in the dining hall, sit in on classes and talk to current students. These actions can give you more insight into the culture of the school and life on campus, and they may be among the more revealing experiences you have during the visits.

Check out the surrounding area
Your visits shouldn't be restricted to just the campus. It is important to scope out the area around the school as well. What is the proximity to shopping, public transportation, grocery stores or any other services? Use insight from current students to frame your examination: are there many apartment complexes nearby where students live? Is there an accessible metro area where students can take advantage of jobs or internships? How easy is it to get to and from campus without a car? These are all situations you'll likely encounter if you decide to enroll, so it helps to think about them early.

After taking these final tours, sit down with your parents and discuss your options. Then you can confidently mail your acceptance letter and begin the next phase of your life as a college student. - 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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