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The College Selection Process

When choosing a college to attend, there are certainly many criteria you will use to select the one that is right for you.

As the first person in my family to attend college, I really had no idea of what to expect before I enrolled so I had to figure out for myself exactly what I was getting myself into when choosing a college. When it comes to choosing your college, here are a few suggestions to help ensure you choose one that is right for you.

1. Visit the campus as early as possible. One of the best things you can do is to visit the campus you’re thinking of attending to get a sense of the city and the school and where you’ll be spending the better part of the next few years of your life should you choose to attend. The sooner you are able to visit the college, the sooner you’ll be able to get a real sense of the city, school and the campus itself.

2. Speak with people who have attended the college. Try to speak with former graduates who attended the college you are thinking of attending. Pick their brain and ask to learn about their experience. Ask them about the city, the campus, the school itself, the social scene. Ask them about anything related to the college experience that you want to know more about.

3. Attend college visits to your high school. Often, colleges will send representatives to your high school to help you learn more about their school. Make sure you take advantage of this and speak with as many of the reps as possible, even those who are from schools you aren’t necessarily interested in. Your initial impression of a school might be a bit different once you get to learn more about it and possibly after experiencing it in person, as in Point #1.

4. Do your budget early on. Estimate how much money you are going to need to complete college well in advance. This is especially true if you are going to live away from home which will increase your costs. If you need financial assistance, you’ll want to ensure well in advance of the application deadlines whether or not you’ll need to apply and whether or not you’ll need to get a job to supplement it.

About the Author

Carl Mueller is an Internet entrepreneur and professional recruiter who has written an ebook for career-minded individuals: Recruiter Secrets Revealed sheds light on job search and career management “secrets” that you can use to supercharge your career and distinguish yourself from other job searchers.

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