At this point, you have done your preliminary research, submitted your college applications, and received your admission letters from various colleges and universities. “Which college do I choose?” This is probably this single biggest decision you have made thus far. Rest assured, we can help you with that. A few things to consider:
Colleges have different sticker prices and their final costs depend on your individual situation. It’s important to focus on your costs after any grants, scholarships and institutional aid. This will give you a better understanding on how much money you are taking out in student loans, parent loans and how much you will have out of pocket expenses.
Location (how easy can you get home)
There’s no question that with COVID-19, students are concerned with being far from their families and their support systems. I encourage you to continue to have conversations with your support system so that you have a plan and feel comfortable if an emergency arises and you need to come home. On the flip side, if you choose to stay home, be intentional about setting boundaries while attending all responsibilities.
Often measured as your ROI (return on investment). You want to pay attention to internship opportunities you will be afforded, the plan for success they school has in place, the rate of students completing in four years, placement rates into professional schools and lastly, jobs. After all, you are investing your time and money for the experiences and YOUR future success. You are looking for the tools, and then you have to do your part to make sure you achieve!
The campus community
There’s a lot of uncertainty as to whether or not colleges will be inviting students back but what’s remains is how offices and support services can help students navigate their journey at a college. As we look at all the metrics, one thing we can point to is what percent of students tend to go back to college after their first year. It doesn’t paint the full picture, as there reasons are vast. However, how a college manages to keep students engaged and in a great position to continue their studies, says a lot about the community you are joining. You want to make sure it’s one that will inspire to reach and motivate you to achieve!
Making Your College Decision!
Once you have taken those things into consideration, you will start to see yourself in that college. It’s a big decision, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. No matter what, don’t lose sight of your passions and what you want to accomplish, the rest will follow.