Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Choosing a College (Part 1)

Posted date: November 16, 2017

Actually, almost everyone faces a period in life when it is time to make serious decisions that can sometimes be life-defining. College selection is one of such decisions actually. There are numerous things to take into account before deciding which college to enter. Different students have different preferences, however, there are some decisive elements that need to be considered before making the final choice.

In this article, we have gathered a list of the most important questions you should ask yourself before entering a college. Check them out.

PartI. Academic aspects

Actually, this aspect is one of the most important when making a decision regarding college. Undoubtedly, it is OK that you might be unsure regarding which major to choose, but try to think a bit further: what opportunities you will get in the future when you choose this specific major? Consider also the strength and opportunities each department offers for students. Are there any internships or exchange programs? What about curricular and extracurricular activities? Students’ culture life? What degree options are available for you?

All in all, the list of questions may be restricted to the following ones:

  1. What are the types of degrees you can obtain?
  2. Will there be an opportunity to get a minor?
  3. How many students are on this studying program?
  4. Are there exchange programs or internships in my chosen major?
  5. What is the size of the first-year-students class?
  6. Are the lessons conducted by professors or teachers’ assistants?
  7. Does the faculty boast of some prestige?
  8. What are the required curricular activities?

Part II. Costs to consider

Make sure you can cover the tuition fees without any loans that will be later unbearable for you.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How high is the tuition fee?
  2. What are the average expenditures of students studying there? Here think about accommodation, food, books, food-to-go, clubs, free time, sporting activities, libraries, etc.
  3. Is the financial aid package available? For which category of students?
  4. Can you afford to study at that educational establishment without any financial aid?
  5. Are there any free educational programs or scholarships that are available for you?

Part III. Location

Location is really important as you won’t want to make your college experience devastating one. When choosing a college, make sure that you don’t need to spend too much time on commuting from one place to another. And it’s not only about the college location and your place of residence. Also, think about other places you would want to visit frequently. Besides, keep in mind that if you choose to study too far from home, you won’t get every chance to be home even on all holidays. Does it suit you? If you tend to homesickness, it is better to choose a college nearby. Also think about transportation and alternative ways of reaching your college (for example, an opportunity to ride a bike to the adjacent areas).