Hey friends! I'm a junior, and I'm starting to research colleges to determine which ones would be the best fit for me. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the information out there. How do you guys go about researching colleges? What factors should I focus on when looking for the perfect school? Thanks for any help!
Hello! It's great that you're starting your college search early. My child is currently in college, so I've gone through this process. First, make a list of factors that are important to you, such as location, size, academic programs, extracurricular activities, and campus culture. Next, you can start researching schools based on these factors. Websites like College Navigator, Big Future, and Niche are helpful in providing detailed information about schools. You can also visit college websites, attend college fairs, and follow colleges on social media to learn more about them. Don't forget to talk to your high school counselor and teachers for recommendations. Visiting campuses is an excellent way to get a feel for the school's atmosphere, but if that's not possible, consider taking virtual tours or attending online info sessions. Lastly, be open-minded and consider a range of schools. Keep refining your list as you learn more about each college. Good luck with your search!