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Duke University
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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How do I choose a college that's right for me?

Hi all! I'm a high school junior and have been looking at colleges. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of options. How can I narrow down my choices and find a college that's right for me? Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

10 months ago

Hey there! I completely understand how overwhelming the college search process can be. My child went through it not too long ago. Here are a few things you can consider when narrowing down your choices:

1. Size: Do you prefer a small, tight-knit community or a large, bustling campus? Both have their pros and cons.

2. Location: Consider whether you'd like to stay close to home or explore a different region. Urban, suburban, or rural settings can also impact your college experience.

3. Majors: Research colleges that offer strong programs in your areas of interest. Also, think about whether you'd like a liberal arts education or a more specialized focus.

4. Financial Aid: Look into the financial aid packages offered by colleges on your list. This can significantly influence your decision.

5. Campus Life: Consider the extracurricular activities, clubs, sports, and overall student culture. You want to find a place where you'll feel comfortable and engaged.

Don't forget to visit the campuses, if possible, and talk to current students. Trust your instincts and good luck with your search!

10 months ago

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