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What are you looking for in a college?


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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Kaetlyn, a recent graduate, has tips for you about the “Best Features of GuidedPath Search”.  Read Kaetlyn’s tips for using GuidedPath Search when comparing different colleges.  

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