4 Things To Consider When Applying To College

By: IAMP.edu

When applying for college, do you only think about what you're going to do when you get there? Or do you think about what the college is going to do for you? Applying for college isn't just about fun and games, it's about picking the right college; the college that will help you succeed. So the next time you sit down to fill out those college applications, keep these four tips in mind:

1. Goals.

How often have you heard friends wish they’d gone to a different college? A college that was more suited to their interests and dreams and not their checkbook? A big mistake is to assume that every college has what you’re looking for. Take the time to research the colleges you’re interested in and rank them by academics: courses, degrees, accreditations, and the ability to transfer and further your education.

2. Interests.

As much you want an education, if it’s not fun and exciting, you’re sure to stop attending classes. So the next thing on your list to rank is interests: what are the teachers like? Do they make class fun and interesting or do they simply read from a list of notes in a monotone voice?

3. Extra-curricular Activities.

Let’s face it, no college would be complete without fraternities, sporting events, clubs, and so forth. But what you need to keep in mind is how these events and clubs will benefit you in the future. Will they look good on your resume? Will they provide additional skills? Or are they simply a fun way to get distracted?

4. Financing.

No matter what your list says, the final ranking truly does come down to finances. If you don’t have the funds to attend college, you’ll need scholarships, grants, and student loans. Make sure your college admissions officer understands how these programs work so that you get the best deal possible.


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