By: Kayla Henneman
Your senior year of high school is here and there are so many amazing experiences! It is also time to take the next step and pick a college. If you were anything like me, you may be completely lost and don’t know where to start. To help with this decision, I asked the experts at Eastern Michigan University’s Admissions Department for some advice. They told me about the major topics you want to consider when choosing a college of university. They include:
Majors/Degrees: Some students already have their careers planned and know what they want to do after college and others are still looking. When considering a college it is important to have one that has the majors and degrees you want or can give you many options to pick from.
Location: When thinking about location there are many things to consider. Do you plan to commute or come home often or are you looking for a chance to step out of your comfort zone and live away from home? Are you a city person or a country person? If you live in a certain location will it help you feel more at home or get a job? Are there plenty of things to do on and off campus?
Cost and Financial Aid: What can you afford? Do you have money saved up to help pay for college? How many years are you planning on going to school? Price also changes depending on the different type of schoolings like community, public, or private. No one wants to be in debt forever. Which is why we must look at financial aid. Does one school give more financial aid than another? There are government loans and grants along with private ones. These can help make your dream school affordable.
Admission Rate and Criteria: We need, to be honest with ourselves and look at where we are at. What’s my GPA and SAT/ACT scores compared to what is accepted? Are you involved in community service or sports? Recommendation letters and essays are also common when applying for college. Lastly, admission rates are important to consider because they are your best indication of getting into the school and if you should classify the school as a safe school or a dream school.
Opportunities and Career Services: Lastly, the reason we go to college is to get a career. Check your options for how they will help you get a job or an internship to make you more eligible for future employers.