How To Choose The Right College For You

By Kenyae Shelton

What are your thoughts about college? What in your future do you look forward to and stress about? Here is some advice from one rising senior to another that could help when deciding what is best for you and your future.

As you enter senior year, you should have some colleges that interest you in mind. You should start immediately the summer before senior year doing research to figure out how you can visit the campus and if it is the right college for you. You can even go on websites like collegeboard.com to look into the academics, campus, diversity, and cost of the school of your choice. It’s a good idea to go online, so you have an idea of the school before you waste a trip.

It’s also good to look on the school’s website for campus tours. There you can find information about when you can tour the campus and how it works because every school is different. Here’s an example! https://www2.howard.edu/contact/visit

Once you have visited some colleges and have an idea of what you want, you should find out what the admissions requirements are. This is important so that you are prepared and aren’t rejected over a silly mistake. Check for requirements like the ACT and SAT so if you haven’t already, you can sign up to take the test as soon as possible.

Lastly, you should look into what’s important to you. Search on the school’s website or through collegeboard.com for your major. This is one of the most important things to look for because if the school doesn’t have your major, there’s no point of attending. If you don’t feel comfortable going to a popular school with full classrooms, look into a smaller school. If you feel one on one assistance is unnecessary and you can function in a packed environment, look for a bigger school.

There are plenty of ways to make sure you are comfortable when you go off to college. Search all your concerns and ask plenty questions to make sure you are ready before the end of your senior year of highschool.