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The Big Decision

The time for the “big decision” for high school seniors is quickly approaching. For those who have been accepted to more than one college, it will soon be time to make the final choice.

The time for the “big decision” for high school seniors is quickly approaching. For those who have been accepted to more than one college, it will soon be time to make the final choice.

Now is a good time to visit or re-visit the campuses and the area surrounding the colleges you are considering. It is time to ask and get answers to any final questions. Here are some things to consider:

  • Academics – Review the core curriculum courses and the required and available courses in likely majors and minors. Consider class size; opportunities for internships, research, a senior project, and travel abroad; accessibility to professors, and support in finding a job and/or graduate school when you finish your undergraduate studies.
  • Social – Consider school environment (e.g., location, size, weather, distance from home), as well as your social, political, extra-curricular and religious needs.
  • Financial – Know how much tuition, room and board, books, travel, and miscellaneous expenses will cost. Make sure you understand your financial aid package, including how much you will need to pay back each month on loans and how long it will take you to pay back those loans.

 What other tips would you give high school seniors faced with the big decision?

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LVMom March 13, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Opportunities outside the classroom are as if not more important then class time. Internships, summer studies overseas at top schools like Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics (there are MANY MORE those are just off the top of my head). Real world experience of teachers, have they WORKED in the field you are going into or just taught about it? Contacts the school has in the industry you want to get into. Research opportunities as an undergrad. Yes, class time is important but it's what you do on top of class time that will make you stand out. The question becomes what opportunities is the school in question offering you. What opportunities would you have if you pay less on tuition/room/board and spend more on summer programs that enrich your education that you can't afford any other way. College is a stepping stone for Grad School or a job, how is the college your looking at going to get you there?

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