Questions That Will Help You Narrow Down Your College List

Questions That Will Help You Narrow Down Your College List

Questions That Will Help You Narrow Down Your College List
Picking the college that you will apply to then choose to attend can be challenging. As there are plenty of equally well-performing schools, you may have to carefully consider each of them, from academics, extracurriculars, cost, facilities, and more. The question is: how do you narrow down your college list?

The answer is simple although it can be overwhelming. Dig deeper into those colleges on your list. Research all the small to big details that can make a difference. Here are some questions for you to ask yourself to help you eliminate a few schools from your long college list:

What kind of campus do I prefer?

You may want to choose to study in a college set far from the city that offers opportunities for outdoor activities. Or you can study at a university in the middle of the bustling city.

Both are different choices but have a great effect on your study method. In a city school, expenses are more expensive but there are lots of internship opportunities waiting for you. On the other hand, when you study in the county, you will have a more laid-back life, far from the noise of the city.

Assess where you want your free time to spend. Be careful in choosing a school based on location so that you wouldn’t waste time and effort.

Can I afford the Cost of Attendance?

A Cost of Attendance (COA) is the total expenses you will spend in college, including all possible expenses such as tuition fees, rent, meals, transportation, supplies, and other miscellaneous fees. You also take note of the net price, which credits the scholarships and grants you have to your COA.

So, this will give you a look at how much you need to pay for your study. Ask yourself, is it worth it? If all your majors and criteria in choosing a college also fit well with affordability, it may be worth the price. But if your major has a low starting salary, you may opt for a school with a lower cost.

What do I want to major in?

This question should cross out all colleges that do not offer your chosen program. Start searching for schools that have top-notch and quality education and also offer your major.

There are also some other things you should note. It may be important to list down colleges based on their reputation in the discipline. Some colleges may be reputable but do not have a strong program in your chosen major.

Also, look into the other programs available. It is best to think of an alternative major just in case you change your mind during your first or second year.

If you are still unsure of the career you want to pursue, make sure that the colleges remaining on your list offer programs that you may be interested in. Other schools have exploratory programs that can be a good option for you.

Some questions you can also ask yourself are:

  • Does the college offer the extracurricular activities I am curious about?
  • What campus size works for me?
  • Would the campus’s environment help me grow and develop?

This first phase of the college process can be overwhelming at first. But when you take it one step at a time, you will start making progress. Discover more about this by viewing our articles here at MSM Unify.


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