One Last Decision

Congratulations! You have made it to the final leg of the college admissions process.   It is important that you keep your energy and enthusiasm high and you critical thinking skills sharp as you compare and contrast your options in this final phase.   The great news is that you and your family are back in control during this last part of the process.  You (not the admissions office) will decide where you will attend school next year.    As you weigh all of your options, we have developed this list of questions and ideas to consider.  Choosing the best school is not a science but rather an art.  Students and parents need to think through the academic opportunities offered and weigh these against the financial commitment required.  Thoughtful and deliberate consideration now will help you to find the school that best fits your academic, co-curricular, and professional goals while still addressing your family’s financial concerns.    There are more than 3400 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.  Each school has its own identity and campus climate. Just as each college is unique so are the needs and interests of the students that attend those institutions.  No list can cover every question or concern that you might have.  However, the questions and ideas that follow can be the place to start considering the positive and negative attributes of each school or program. Discovering which school will be YOUR best match requires you to explore all of your options from your new vantage point.   Remember to listen to your inner voice.  If something about a school or academic program or policy does not feel right to you — that is important information for you to consider.    Best of luck as you make this exciting decision, graduate from high school, and take the next steps in achieving your educational and professional goals.    Weighing all the Options: Questions for Students and Parents to Consider in the Final Phase of the College Admissions Process   Visit (or revisit) all or most of the schools that have accepted you. Most schools will have day-long or overnight programs designed specifically for newly admitted students.  This is a fantastic opportunity to see the school in light of your new admission’s status.  Remember, the school has decided they want you on campus next fall.  Now it is your turn to decide which campus...
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