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How to select a competitive yet realistic set of colleges?

I will be applying to college soon, and I am unsure of how to pick a range of colleges that are a good match for me. I have a mixture of reach, match, and safety colleges, but I'm still uncertain if I've chosen the right schools. Are there any specific factors I should be considering when creating my college list? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thoughtful about creating a balanced college list. You have the right idea by categorizing schools as reach, match, and safety. To refine your list, consider the following factors:

1. Academic programs: Research the availability and quality of your intended major at each college. It's crucial to choose schools that align with your academic interests and career goals.

2. Location: Think about whether you'd prefer an urban, suburban, or rural setting, and how far from home you'd be comfortable living.

3. Size: Reflect on your preferences for class size, student-to-faculty ratio, and overall campus population.

4. Campus culture: Look into opportunities for extracurricular activities, potential clubs or organizations, and the general atmosphere of each campus.

5. Financial aid and merit scholarships: Investigate the financial aid policies and available scholarships at each college.

Lastly, make sure you visit campuses (virtually or in-person) and engage with current students or alumni to gain better insights. Wishing you the best of luck in creating a well-rounded list of colleges tailored to your needs!

9 months ago

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