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Strength of Program

What is like a definitive way to determine how strong a certain school's program is by just looking at rankings? I intend to major in marketing and am deciding between ASU, CU Boulder, Penn State, and Michigan State. I am just having a hard time narrowing them down.

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2 months ago

Choosing a college is hard! Look at each college's website and the program's information. Explore every nook and cranny of the info for the program- videos, links, etc.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding, beyond just the program strength:

1) Where will you be happiest?

2) Which school will best train you for the career you are interested in? EG, I want to major in horticulture and there are many schools. However, some focus more on biology and chemistry of plants vs. hands on experience with greenhouses and such. Hands-on experience is important to me because I want to begin a business, so the school that offers the most expermental training is the best option.

3) Does location matter? Would you feel better close to home?

4) Which school offers the best financial aid help? Now, I am aware that FASFA is delayed so things are on hold. But there are still financial aspects you can consider. Is out-of-state affordable? Did certain schools offer scholarships off the bat?

5)School atmosphere/size of school. Hopefully you at least virtually visited the campuses. Which school made you feel more comfortable? What appealed to you most? If you prefer smaller schools, which is the smallest?

There may be other things to consider, but these are the ones that came to mind. Consider them all wholistically and maybe you should make a chart and compare the pros and cons of each school. The most important thing is to choose the one where your passion will thrive and be developed further.

Hope this helps. Please lmk if you have any additional questions!

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