Choosing the Right College

Depending on your personal interests, the following characteristics should play a role in helping you narrow down the field of colleges.

    AFFILIATION
  • Public
  • Private, independent
  • Private, church affiliated
  • Proprietary
    SIZE
  • Very small (fewer than 1,000 students)
  • Small (1,000-3,999 students)
  • Medium (4,000-8,999 students)
  • Large (9,000-19,000 students)
  • Very Large (more than 20,000 students)
    COMMUNITY
  • Rural
  • Small town
  • Suburban
  • Urban
    LOCATION
  • In your hometown
  • Less than 3 hours from home
  • More than 3 hours from home
    HOUSING
  • Dorm
  • Off-camous apartment
  • Home
  • Facilities and services for students with disabilities
    STUDENT BODY
  • All male
  • All female
  • Coed
  • Minority representation
  • Primarily one religious denomination
  • Primarily full-time students
  • Primarily part-time students
  • Primarily commuter students
  • Primarily residential students
    ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT
  • Majors offered
  • Student-faculty ratio
  • Faculty teaching reputation
  • Instruction by professors versus teaching assistants
  • Facilities (such as classrooms and labs)
  • Libraries
  • Independent study available
  • International study available
  • Internships available
    FINANCIAL AID
  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Work-study program
  • Part-time or full-time jobs
    SUPPORT SERVICES
  • Academic counseling
  • Career/placement counseling
  • Personal counseling
  • Student health facilities
    ACTIVITIES/SOCIAL CLUBS
  • Clubs, organizations
  • Greek life
  • Athletics, intramurals
  • Other
    ATHLETICS
  • Division I, II, or III
  • Sports offered
  • Scholarships available
    Specialized Programs
  • Gifted student services
  • Services for student with disabilities or special needs
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