Decision support: how to pick a school

Recorded Friday, April 30 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


We get it — you’ve got options. And with May 1 right around the corner, the time has come to decide where you truly want to go. So, join CollgeVine’s in-house decision-making expert Elias Miller this Friday for guidance on how to make one of the most important decisions of your life.

Elias will be going through the various factors you should consider when making your final matriculation decisions, from the location, environment, prestige, and cost of whatever schools you've been accepted into. He'll also be sharing some of his personal experience as both a first-year and then transfer applicant — so make sure not to miss this special stream before it's too late.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
4:10@KatieR:I need to pick a school by tomorrow. (I'm stuck between three different schools)
4:14@Wayfarer:I can’t see the stream, can anyone help?
4:55@Wayfarer:Oh, it just worked after about 4 refreshes. Thanks for answering!!
9:05@Deajahnai:I can’t see or hear the stream
9:54@Wayfarer:I’m pretty well-informed about how to make my choice, and have a decision pretty secure. Just checking to see if I missed a perspective!
12:01@Deajahnai:I still can’t see or hear it. I’ve refreshed it about 30 times
19:53@Wayfarer:UC Berkeley/Stanford?
29:53@TK:what is meant by sticker price?
46:49@Deajahnai: I like UPenn, NYU, Hunter college
46:53@Deajahnai:Im also looking at UChicago
47:44@Anniestreet:Emory or USC for International Relations/Enviro Science
49:42@hydra:Not entering college till 3 yrs later but I’m thinking about a CS major and the locations in my college list are in the NE, SE, California and UMich while I live in NY. What are the benefits of each area in CS and are there differences in the lifestyle of the SE, California and Umich that contrasts NY a lot?
50:15@Anniestreet:Thank you!
53:04@hydra:im from upstate above nyc
54:10@Wayfarer:Based on your experience, what are the most important factors to consider when choosing a school if one hopes to transfer to an ivy? I’m conflicted between a low-ranking public school or community college, and a higher ranked 4-year university.
57:31@Deajahnai:I'm interested in pre-med for pediatrics
59:17@KatieR:my schools are CU Boulder, UC Davis, and Florida Tech. Davis is close to home and more prestigious; Boulder is farther, colder (not necessarily my thing), and has more academic offerings specific to what I want to study; Florida is way smaller, less prestigious, has a very specific major and great local opportunities, but idk how I feel about the local culture/politics since I'm part of the lgbtq community.
61:31@TK:what is meant by sticker price?
61:41@Anniestreet:I got into USC’s Thematic Options program, which is a writing intensive freshman honors program that would assure me small classes for my first year, but if it weren’t for that program I would be somewhat leaning towards Emory. Should I let that program influence my decision? I am very excited about it, but I like the campus and student body at Emory a bit more.
64:23@rbatist:i'm thinking about emory, unc, umiami, or georgetown for environmental science or poly sci
65:57@Wayfarer:Even when researching extensively and reading every guide, how good are we at predicting which school we’ll be happiest at? You’ve had substantial trials of that experience-
67:59@Wayfarer:Sorry for asking for a repeat, but my livestream lagged and I got kicked out when you were talking about the transfer students in your Harvard dorm... what was your answer to my question?
70:41@Wayfarer:Thank you!! I forgot about the recording-
73:09@Wayfarer:(Wayfarer is more of an umbrella statement about online usernames. As in walking around without necessarily having an identity. Thanks again for the insightful livestream!!)
76:41@Wayfarer:Thank you!!!


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