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Where Should I Apply To College?

college-graduationOne of the most important factors you’ll consider when choosing a college is the type of college that best fits your academic interests, personal interests, and even your personality.  This decision is vital because it will affect the next 4 years of your life.  Here is a list of some factors to help you narrow your search when looking at which colleges to apply to.

Academics.  There are a number of factors within academics to consider that can help you with your choices.  The college ranking is something you may want to consider.  It is important to note that criteria used to create these rankings differ from one organization to another.  If you know a certain area of study that you may want to major in, look into the reputation of the college’s specific academic department of your intended major.  Finally, a school’s student to faculty ratio should also play a key role in your decision.  The more students there are per faculty, the less individualized attention you are likely to receive.

Location.  Some colleges are located in large metropolitan cities, like Columbia, while others are in more remote, small town locations, such as Dartmouth, which is located in Hanover, New Hampshire.  For some students, the distance to their home plays a pivotal role in their decision.

Campus life.  Campus life is a very important factor for many people.  A great education should be your top priority but there is more to college than studying all the time.  Participating in extracurricular activities, making new friends and having a social life are part of the college experience as well.  Take some time before applying to find out about a school’s student organization, special interest clubs, athletic programs, or Greek life if that is something you may be interested in.

Cost.  Make sure you are aware of all the costs associated with attending certain colleges, not just the tuition.  Other costs to consider are housing costs (on campus vs. off campus), textbook costs, food and other expenses, and these costs can all add up to a lot more than you may realize.  A large price difference to consider is whether you would be applying as an in-state or out-of-state student.  While all these costs may seem overwhelming, the majority of colleges offer many forms of financial aid to help ease the burden.

For more information on college applications, contact Dov Landau, Director of College Admissions at Top Test Prep. Top Test prep is the elite one on one tutoring and admissions company featuring some of the best and brightest tutors and admission experts in the business.   Dov can be reached at 202-618-4474.


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