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


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Tips on researching colleges - where do I even start?

Feels like I'm drowning in a sea of college brochures and websites. Juniors, seniors, any advice on how to research colleges effectively? Are there specific things I should look out for that can't be found in the usual stats and rankings?

8 months ago

I completely understand where you're coming from—it can definitely feel overwhelming at first! A great starting point is to reflect on what you are looking for in a college experience. Consider size, location, campus culture, majors and programs, as well as extracurricular opportunities that are important to you. Once you have an idea of your preferences, you can start to match them with colleges that fit that profile.

For insights beyond statistics and rankings, I recommend looking into 'virtual tours' available on many college websites. These can give you a feel for the campus atmosphere. Attend college fairs if possible, and don't hesitate to reach out to admissions offices to ask specific questions. Moreover, try connecting with current students or alumni—social media and college forums can be great for this, and they can offer insider perspectives you won't find in brochures. Also, check if the colleges of your interest have subreddit communities; they can be surprisingly helpful.

Remember that while stats and rankings provide a snapshot of an institution, they don't capture the full picture of what your experience will be like. The 'fit' between you and the institution is key, and that's something you'll gauge well with thorough research and by listening to your own preferences as you explore your options.

8 months ago

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