Quantcast

Choosing the College Best for You - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Choosing the College Best for You

When deciding where you want to apply, you should keep in mind the factors that are most important to you.  Some important factors to keep in mind are:

  • Cost.  Is the college within my budget? If not, what do they offer for work-study and financial aid? What about scholarships?
  • Academic Record: Is the college Ivy League?  Is it highly competitive? Will it stand the test of time?
  • Location:  Is this college in an area where I would choose to live for four years?  Do I prefer a rural or urban campus? 
  • Size:  Do I want to go to school with eight-hundred students or thirty-thousand students?  How large are the classes?  What is the faculty to student ratio?
  • Student Body:  Are the students who go to this school diverse?  Is it a liberal or conservative institution?  Is it a religious institution?  Is it sports-centered or arts-centered?  Do most of the students live on campus of off-campus?    Are there people there that I think share some of my same interests? 

You should decide what aspects of the school are most important to you, and then decide which schools to apply to based on those factors.  Most every college has a website that tells all of the information you will need.  If you can't find all of the information you need, you can contact the college admissions office.  If you have no idea where to apply, you may want to purchase a book that lists the various colleges in the country.  In that case, you can look at the different states and find colleges there that fit your requirements. 

Act, Inc. lists the following criteria on their College Search Checklist:

Admissions:

  • Tests required/accepted
  • High school courses required
  • College credit for exam scores or high school courses
  • Deadlines

Financial Aid:

  • Cost of attending college
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Employment opportunities
  • Merit and need-based scholarships
  • Deadlines

Campus Life:

  • Housing
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Health/counseling services

Academics:

  • Degrees/programs offered
  • Majors offered
  • Career placement/advising services
  • Internship opportunities
  • Study abroad programs

When you decide which colleges you want to apply to, go visit them!  If it is all possible, a campus visit is the best way to learn if you like the vibe of the school.

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Sen. Jim Jeffords laid to rest

    Sen. Jim Jeffords laid to rest

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:12:17 GMT
    Sen. Jim Jeffords was one of Vermont's beloved public servants, with a career that took him from the hills of Shrewsbury to the U.S. Senate. Friday, in his hometown of Rutland, James Jeffords was laid to rest.
    Sen. Jim Jeffords was one of Vermont's beloved public servants, with a career that took him from the hills of Shrewsbury to the U.S. Senate. Friday, in his hometown of Rutland, James Jeffords was laid to rest.
  • Is it safe to move accused killer Elizabeth Teague?

    Is it safe to move accused killer Elizabeth Teague?

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:09:17 GMT
    The Vt. Dept. of Mental Health says scarce resources are part of the push to relocate alleged workplace shooter Elizabeth Teague to a facility with fewer regulations. Elizabeth Keatinge was at Friday's hearing.
    The Vt. Dept. of Mental Health says scarce resources are part of the push to relocate alleged workplace shooter Elizabeth Teague to a facility with fewer regulations. Elizabeth Keatinge was at Friday's hearing.
  • Police investigate death of 13-year-old in Hardwick

    Police investigate death of 13-year-old in Hardwick

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:10:40 GMT
    Investigators say a teen was found dead at a home in Hardwick Friday morning.
    Investigators say a teen was found dead at a home in Hardwick Friday morning.
  • Vt. police say all clear in Newport

    Vt. police say all clear in Newport

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:12:45 GMT
    Police say the threat is over in Newport. Thursday night, police had asked residents to lock their doors and stay inside while authorities searched for a gunman.
    Police say the threat is over in Newport. Thursday night, police had asked residents to lock their doors and stay inside while authorities searched for a gunman.
  • NY police try to ID pharmacy burglar

    NY police try to ID pharmacy burglar

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:39:59 GMT
    New York State Police hope the public can help identify a burglar.
    New York State Police hope the public can help identify a burglar.
  • Williston police try to ID paint thief

    Williston police try to ID paint thief

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:11:41 GMT
    Police are investigating an unusual theft at the Wal-Mart in Williston.
    Police are investigating an unusual theft at the Wal-Mart in Williston.
  • Driver of overweight big rig nabbed in Vermont

    Driver of overweight big rig nabbed in Vermont

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:20:31 GMT
    The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles says a trucker carrying part of a giant crane to a state bridge job had too much weight on his rig and too much alcohol in his system.
    The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles says a trucker carrying part of a giant crane to a state bridge job had too much weight on his rig and too much alcohol in his system.
  • Wire fraud convict has until Friday to object

    Wire fraud convict has until Friday to object

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:29:05 GMT
    A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.
    A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.