Advanced Things to Consider when Choosing a College

This can be one of the hardest decisions to make. For some students, the choice is very clear, but for many it is not. Part of the application process should include researching the schools in which you plan to apply. Something that many guides  or checklists leave out is researching the departments and professors. It’s not enough that the school you are applying to has your major, but what do they offer within that major. Here are some tips –

1 – Research the professors. What are the professor’s interest, research work and backgrounds. Do their interests align with your interests?

2 – What types of classes are offered in your majors of interests? Many majors can cover broad options. You should research the course handbook to see of there are many classes you are interested in taking.

3 – Are there undergraduate research opportunities or advanced projects? Are there study abroad programs or enrichment opportunities?

4 – If you are planning on attending graduate school, how many students are getting in to grad school who have completed their education at the college you are considering? This can become especially important for students applying to med school or law school.

5 – Are there study groups for pre-med (MCAT) or pre-law (LSAT) exams?

6 – What kind of internship opportunities are available? Who are some of the notable alumni? What are your networking opportunities? Internships and networking opportunities will often be the most critical piece in obtaining a job after graduation.

Deciding What School to Attend – Great tips from PNACAC


​ Once the admission offices have notified you of their decisions, you need to make your decision as to which school you will attend. It is a big decision, and an important one. Take your time, carefully evaluate all of the information and make the choice that is best for you.

  • No college can require you to commit to attending prior to May 1, the National Candidates Reply Date, with the exception of Early Decision or NCAA athletic scholarship programs.
  • If you have received financial aid offers, compare them carefully. Determine exactly what your out-of-pocket cost will be to attend each school.
  • Attend prospective student events at the colleges to which you were admitted.
  • Talk to your family, your counselor and those you trust.
  • You should never submit an enrollment deposit to more than one school. It is an unethical practice that may result in your acceptances being withdrawn by the colleges involved.
  • Once you have decided, notify the colleges that you will not attend and request to have your application closed.
  • If you have been offered a spot on a college’s Wait List, learn what you need to do to be an active member of the Wait List.
  • Be sure that you have a place to attend if you are not eventually offered admission off the Wait List.