Narrowing Down Your College List
How to know which Schools you should Apply to.
So you've taken the SAT, your senior year just began, and it's time to decide which colleges you want to apply to. But with over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States alone, how are you supposed to choose which ones to apply to? Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your list.
1. Start by making a list of your top criteria.
What's most important to you in a college? Do you want a big school or a small one? A school with a strong football team or one with a great theatre program? A school in a big city or a small town? Once you've identified your top criteria, you can start eliminating colleges that don't fit the bill.
2. Take a look at your list of extracurricular activities and leadership roles.
Do any of the colleges on your list have programs or clubs that align with your interests? Are there any schools that have produced students who have gone on to do what you hope to do after graduation? These are all factors that can help you further narrow down your list.
3. Consider location.
Do you want to stay close to home or venture out somewhere new? Do you want to go to school in a rural area or an urban metropolis? Again, there's no right or wrong answer here; it just depends on what you're looking for in a college experience.
4. Finally, take a look at cost.
Many students assume they can't afford to go away for college, but there are plenty of scholarships and financial aid packages available. Don't let cost be the deciding factor in whether or not you apply to a certain school; instead, let it be one of several factors that help you finalize your decision.
Making a decision about which colleges to apply to can seem daunting, but if you take it step by step, it's not as overwhelming as it seems. Start by making a list of your top priorities and work from there. If you need Expert Advice, West Palm Test Prep is here to help! And remember, there's no perfect college out there; the best school for you is the one that fits your needs and criteria the best. Good luck!
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