Top 10 Factors to Consider for Your “Perfect” College

 

Here are the Top 10 factors to consider for your “Perfect” college:

Academics: How important is this factor to you? If you know your major, that should be a requirement What about special programs such as honors, study abroad, senior projects? Also consider the learning environment. Is the campus on semesters, quarters, or offer a May or January term? How do you learn best?

Climate: Think about what climate you will want to live in for at least three seasons of the year while at college. If you have never lived through winter in New England, think about how you will feel about months of snow, rain and later a very muddy spring. Or visa versa, how will a lot of heat and humidity feel for days on end. Will you melt? Climate can make or break a school.

Size: Think about what size college you would like to attend. Attending a school with 20,000 undergrads is not for everyone! What is your comfort zone?

Location: Think carefully about what type of area are looking...

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When Do You Select A Major For College?

When completing college applications as a senior, you are asked to select a major.  When do you start looking at future majors?

Here are 5 ideas to guide you.

1.  Start early.  It's never too early or too late to start exploring your interests and connecting them to majors or careers.

2.  Learn about yourself. Take advantage of career surveys, interest inventories or other questionnaires or resources available to you. The more you understand yourself, the better prepared you are for next steps.

3. Research.  Use the Internet and other research tools available to you to explore what majors are needed for careers you are interested in.  Taking classes in subjects required for a major or profession helps you learn more too.

4. Try it on. Arrange to do a job shadow or to interview someone in careers you are interested in.

5. Make a short list. Once you have done your research and talked to people in professions, narrow your list of majors to pursue. Often...

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