You may have already started to look at different colleges, but how do you compare them? Here are five categories that you should consider when evaluating a college.
- General Information – Where is it located? Is public or private? How many students go to school here?
- Academic – What majors are offered? Does the school offer the academic area you are interested in? Undecided about your major – how will the school help you choose a program of study? What other special academic programs does the school offer – honors, academic themed housing, study abroad, etc.?
- Admissions – How selective is the school? (A lower the acceptance rate equals a more selective the school.) What are the average ACT and SAT scores of admitted students? What about the average GPA of admitted students? Is it a weighted or unweighted GPA?
- Financial Aid – What is the average merit scholarship award? What is the percent of financial need met? Average need-based financial aid award? Cost of attendance?
- Social Experience – Explore the college style. How many freshmen live on campus? What is the social life like? What are some of the main events on campus?
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