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Things for students to consider when choosing a†college


Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Issue 25, Volume 17.


FALLBROOK – When choosing a college, students often look for the best academic institutions. While itís hard to argue with that approach, high school students facing the decision of where to spend the next four years of their lives should know that the right university is not necessarily the one with the top academic reputation.

A host of factors come into play when finding the right match between student and university. Academics should always carry the most weight, but students should consider a host of other factors before ultimately deciding where to continue their academic careers.

Cost

In a perfect world students would not have to worry about financing their college educations. But thatís not a world in which todayís students live, so the cost of a college education is something nearly every college-bound student must consider before making his or her decision. According to the College Board, the average overall cost to attend in-state public college for the 2012-13 academic year for students who did not receive financial aid was $22,261, a nearly four percent increase from the previous school year. That sticker price includes the cost of living in a dorm, food, books, and the additional expenses college students typically have. And the College Board notes that, despite the cost increase, financial aid budgets stayed the same as the year before, meaning even those students who received financial aid paid more money.

While cost should not dictate where high school students ultimately go to college, students should know that eventually student loans will have to Advertisement
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be repaid with interest, so those who do not want to bury themselves in student loan debt after graduation would be wise to choose a university thatís more affordable or one thatís offering a more attractive scholarship and grant package. Unlike student loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be repaid.

Distance from home

While many high school students may think a school far away from their folks is ideal, the reality of being far away from home is a struggle for many college students who attend college outside of their home states. Homesickness is a very real thing for college students who are away from home and on their own for the first time.

In addition to homesickness, college-bound students should consider the cost of travel before enrolling in a college or university thatís far from home. Parents might not be able to afford to fly their college student home several times per year so that cost could fall on the student.

Environment

Both the academic and social environments at a college or university merit consideration when students are deciding where to continue their educations. Some students thrive in a competitive academic environment, while others tend to fare better in a more casual setting. Students should assess which environment is best for them and choose a university that best suits them as a student.

A college or universityís social environment is another factor for students to consider. Larger schools tend to rely heavily on Greek life, while smaller schools may be more intimate and less exclusive.


 

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