Weighing Your Options

PUBLIC OR PRIVATE

  • Public state schools offer lower tuition, especially for in-state residents
  • Private schools usually offer more financial aid
  • Public schools, with recent budget cuts, sometimes schedule fewer sections of required courses which may take longer to graduate
  • Private schools have smaller, more personal classes

SMALL OR LARGE

  • Large schools offer an amazing variety of courses and majors, but the bureaucracy can be daunting and professors inaccessible
  • Small schools over lower student-to-teacher ratio, smaller class sizes and more interaction with faculty, but fewer course and program options

URBAN, RURAL, OR SUBURBAN

  • Urban settings offer an endless variety of things to do
  • Rural settings offer a quiet setting without the distractions of the city
  • Suburban settings offer a quiet setting with a city only a short ride away

MIX OR MATCH

  • Women’s colleges foster self-esteem
  • Christian colleges offer the chance to share your faith with like-minded students
  • A college outside your racial, or ethnic group can be a great learning experience

TWO OR FOUR YEAR

  • A two-year college is a great way to jump-start your college career and save a pile of money; however, they have fewer student activities and no residential life

INTERNET RESOURCES FOR COLLEGE INFORMATION & SELECTION

College Virtual Tours: www.ecampustours.com

Visit hundreds of colleges from one website.  Also includes college planning information and links to each college.

College Board- https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

ACT- http://www.actstudent.org/college/choosing.html

Admission Possible: http://www.admissionpossible.com/index.php

Fastweb- www.fastweb.com :

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