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What's the best way to go about looking for colleges?

Topic: Choosing a School | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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I looked at websites where you put in your wants and they list colleges that meet those qualifications. There were a lot of good schools on there, but I ended up at a school that wasn't even listed on there. I found out about my school by asking my high school teacher (teaching in the subject I am interested in) what colleges he thought were good. He suggested the school I'm at now, among others, and I'm so glad he did. Collect information from a variety of sources. It's where you'll spend the next four years of your life, it's an important choice.

Answered by: Pitt Chica Y. | about 4 years ago
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The best way to look at college is to sit down and decide what is important to you in a college experience. Are you an athlete? Then you might consider looking at universities with strong athletic programs. If you are going to be communing, is the school easy to get to? Is the school within your budget? If you aren___t taking out loans it___s important that you don___t get too stressed about finances because your tuition bill is expensive. Finally, if you know what you want to major in (which many freshman don___t and that___s fine) then look at schools with programs in those fields.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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The first step is to figure out what's important for you. Are you looking for a party school? Is distance from home a consideration? Are things like weather or the local city important to you? Are you interested in a particular field? How much does tution cost? Once you narrow down the major details, then you can start doing research based on this information. These days Google is the easiest route to do research.

Answered by: Criterion Y. | about 4 years ago
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Use the internet. Their are many tools which will narrow down ones search based on given standings. Also, talk to friends and family. They have information that only a student can. Sometimes that information can make the difference. Don't be afraid to take a tour.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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The best way to go about looking for colleges is using internet search engines like Google. You can do searches by state, by city, cost or by college major. I would recommend visiting as many school websites as possible and gathering as much information about the school as you can. It is always a good idea to figure out if you want to go to school in state or out of state. Then visit as many schools as possible either in person or online. You can also try talking to guidance counselors, friends, or alumni to assist in your college search.

Answered by: Headley77 O. | about 4 years ago
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The easiest way to start looking for colleges is, if you know what you want to major in, find colleges that carry your major. Then narrow that list down to colleges in specific areas you'd be interested in living. If you don't know what you want to major in, first decide if you want to go to school near home, or far away. Then once you decide on an area, think about what type of institution you want to attend. A large state school? A smaller private school? Find schools that offer classes you're interested in, even if you haven't decided a major. Want to learn Russian? Find a school that offers Russian classes. There are so many higher learning institutions out there, it's almost impossible to find something that doesn't suit your needs. Also be aware of pricing. Know what your budget is, how much you can get in financial aid, loans or grants. Most schools will help you out with that process. But, long story short, do as much research as possible. Imagine you're buying a house. You want something affordable, something that will suit your needs, and something that you will be able to live with for the duration of your stay.

Answered by: Broccoli L. | about 4 years ago
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Do some browsing online first. You can find out about campus life (in general), the number of students enrolled, the graduation percentage, if they offer your major, and tuition. The colleges that fit your criteria you can plan to visit in person! This cuts down tremendously in the time you would waste visiting colleges that are just all wrong for you.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | about 4 years ago
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Look online for a search engine. It will ask what you are looking for, and will give you suggestions. Plan on visiting many colleges. This will give you the best feel for the college. It will save you a lot of hassle if you decide you do not like a school before you register for classes.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | about 4 years ago
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You can start looking for colleges by consulting your high school guidance counselor. He or she has a variety of resources that you can use to help choose a college. Sometimes schools have computer programs that can help you narrow down your choice based on your preferences of size, majors, activities and location. You can also use the internet for a search of recommended colleges. Ask your parents if you should consider in state or out of state colleges based on your family's budget. Ask friends and family for their advice.

Answered by: Sarahsparks T. | about 4 years ago
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If you have an area which you want to study, look online for rankings of colleges and find the colleges which excel in the area you want to study. It's important if you're a prospective undergraduate to look for colleges which are known for being welcoming to undergraduates, some might be top-ranked but do not devote any resources to their younger students. Once you've found a list of potential colleges, start talking to people you know and try to find people who attended the colleges. Quiz them about what it was like and what they recommended, and use this to narrow down the list further find new colleges to add to the list.

Answered by: Njanetos U. | about 4 years ago
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First, consider the major you want to take. Then, go online and check out the different colleges that offer that major. You can also quickly find out how high of a success rate the graduates for each one has finding employment in their chosen fields. You will be able to find out about the area the college is in, as well as available housing, employment, dinning, and entertainment all online. Once you find the one that fits your educational and financial needs, you can even apply for classes and financial aid, if needed, in a few short minutes. Easy as click, point, go.

Answered by: Lgk E. | about 4 years ago
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There are several ways to search for colleges. I always like to mention taking to parents. There's a lot of helpful information listening to experience. Also, talk to other family members that may have attended or are attending college. They can at least give you information on the college they are attending. There are tons of information on the web as well as requesting for brochures on a particular college of your choice.

Answered by: Joyceann L. | about 4 years ago
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determine first if you want to go out of state or stay close to home. Keep in mind the expenses because your student loans can be a burden for many years after graduation. Take a look at the campus and see if you would like to be there for the next four plus years. Make sure they also have classes and majors that wil suit your needs.

Answered by: Jon H. | about 4 years ago
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Before hitting the internet, talk to your high school guidance counselor. If you have a specific academic program in mind, he might be able to connect you with alumni that pursued the same program. You might discover colleges and programs you would have overlooked otherwise. Next, check the internet for descriptions of the program(s) you're interested in at various colleges. Use the USNWR rankings to estimate the cost and academic rigor of each university. Once you have a short list, visit the campuses. Closely question the faculty from the department(s) in which you're interested. Do they seem to know their stuff? Take other things like campus location and amenities into account.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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One of the best ways to look for colleges is right at your fingertips, the internet. There are various sites that have already done the research for you, you just have to narrow your decision down based on your preferences. Wether your looking for colleges in a specific area or that offer a specific degree the internet has made it easy to narrow down your decision.

Answered by: Freestyle J. | about 4 years ago
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There are a few ways you can do this. One is to look online for colleges that fit what you want to do. Another method is to actually travel around your area for information.

Answered by: Greg I. | about 4 years ago
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One of the most popular ways is the internet. You can search for courses, accreditation, requirements and anything else about the schools. Another way is by asking friends and relatives about good colleges.

Answered by: Henrie I. | about 4 years ago
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With modern-day technology, there are many ways to find suitable colleges. There are many websites online with lists of colleges based on degree programs, national rankings and so forth. You can also find colleges through acquaintances and friends.

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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For students looking for a college, one of the best ways to find information about schools is to visitor your guidance counselor. He or she may be able to give you advice on schools that would be interesting for you, and offer the programs that you are hoping to study. Additionally, by determining some important factors, such as what tuition you're capable of paying and how far you want to be from home, you'll be able to narrow down the list of institutions you are considering studying at.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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You can ask your school counselor (either from high school or a college around you) about what schools may be right for you depending on your budget, major, academic record, and where you would like to go. You can alos look online. Some webistes which are great ways to start searching for a college you would like based on certain criteria (programs, Greek life, campus location, etc.) are College Search or College Surfing.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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Figure out a few colleges that you are interested in. Consider the distance between your home and make sure you are comfortable with the distance. Take tours of the campus! Without a tour, you won't know exactly what the college is like.

Answered by: Tbowser Y. | about 4 years ago
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First figure out what you want to do with your life. Pick a college based on which is best for that career. Also talk to alumni from that college to make sure it's the correct choice.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Figure out whether you want to study close to home or abroad. There are many positives to studying at home, the main one being financial, you can save thousands of dollars by just staying at home with your parents. Also some may shy away from major universities based on the high tuition prices, which is something definately to think about.

Answered by: Jon H. | about 4 years ago
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If your not sure where to start your search you should first visit with a counselor at you high school (assuming your in high school). Otherwise start your search online, do a google search of colleges in your area. Contact individual schools and request free info or free phone consultation.

Answered by: Ladymae123 I. | about 4 years ago
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Starting the search for colleges can be a daunting and overwhelming process. First of all, if you are still a high school student you should really rely on the guidance of your guidance counselor and the information that your school can provide. Decide what is important to you in a school and go from there. There are also many websites where you can put in some information about yourself and what you are looking for that will spit back a large list of schools. Figure out if you want to live at home or go away to school, how far you might want to venture, what you and your parents can afford to pay for school, what area of study your are interested in, among other things. Books that rank colleges on a number of different things can also be very helpful. Take it one step at a time and you will be fine!

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | about 4 years ago
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First, if possible, try and decide on a general field of study. Then go online and do a search for schools offering studies in the field. Make sure to visit official school websites as well as any sites offering student reviews. See if they offer any financial aid and what you need to qualify. Consider a community college to get some class requirements out of the way and save money.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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I think the best way to look for colleges is to find what you want to do or are interested in and seek colleges that have that. Keep you options open. If your school has a college fair day where the actually people from the college come to your school, you should go. This can be a great tool, because you can pick their brain's a little asking them about their school. Also remember to visit the schools you want to go to. Its important to see to the school and see if you like it and the people there.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | about 4 years ago
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Family is a good way to start. If there's someone who studied something you're interested in, ask them about their experience. Online review sites are another good source, but watch out for reviews from disgruntled students who might not be fair. If you have older friends, ask them if they like their schools. Then, visit a few to see what they're like.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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Start with what you want to study. Then narrow it down, by places that you would be interested in going, or places close to home. Then, narrow those down, by taking campus visits, or online tours. Then apply to as many schools as possible! Happy hunting!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Look for colleges you are already familiar with. Check them out and look at them online. Then look at colleges that your friends or family have gone to. Pick schools you're familiar with.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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I would use collegeboard.com. It's really useful and lists pretty much every school in the country. There you can find every colleges stats, due dates for applications, and compare colleges side by side.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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To go about looking for collages,the best practice is to discuss with other students.Because every student may hav a different source of information.And this way one can have a complete and vast list of good collages.

Answered by: Manu R. | about 4 years ago
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If you have a major in mind then look first for schools that are renowned for their offerings in your chosen major. If this isn't a factor, then look in locations that you are interested in. In state tuitions are almost always less expensive so start searching in the state you live in. Be sure to visit a variety of campuses, preferably overnight so you get a good feel for what different schools are like.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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The most important thing is to find a college that has your desired major. Then you have to be realistic for the type of college you have a chance of getting into - a university, a state school, or simply do the community college for 2 years and transfer. After that start looking at other important considerations, like cost, closeness to home (if desired) and surrounding area.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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After deciding on a major, choose a college that compliments it. If you are going to have to further your education after a bachelors degree, see if some schools have the program at the same college, which will affect your chances of getting in. I would also suggest going to a college within your state unless you can afford out of state tuition.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | about 4 years ago
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Collegesearch.com is a great site for helping you match the schools that match what you are looking to do. If you're still in high school, most schools offer a college day during junior year when colleges come to offer up information about their school as well as applications if you are interested. You can also ask around. Many students end up going to colleges that their parents went to or someone close to them.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Start with what you want to study. Then narrow it down, by places that you would be interested in going, or places close to home. Then, narrow those down, by taking campus visits, or online tours. Then apply to as many schools as possible! Happy hunting!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Look for colleges you are already familiar with. Check them out and look at them online. Then look at colleges that your friends or family have gone to. Pick schools you're familiar with.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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I would use collegeboard.com. It's really useful and lists pretty much every school in the country. There you can find every colleges stats, due dates for applications, and compare colleges side by side.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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To go about looking for collages,the best practice is to discuss with other students.Because every student may hav a different source of information.And this way one can have a complete and vast list of good collages.

Answered by: Manu R. | about 4 years ago
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If you have a major in mind then look first for schools that are renowned for their offerings in your chosen major. If this isn't a factor, then look in locations that you are interested in. In state tuitions are almost always less expensive so start searching in the state you live in. Be sure to visit a variety of campuses, preferably overnight so you get a good feel for what different schools are like.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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The most important thing is to find a college that has your desired major. Then you have to be realistic for the type of college you have a chance of getting into - a university, a state school, or simply do the community college for 2 years and transfer. After that start looking at other important considerations, like cost, closeness to home (if desired) and surrounding area.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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After deciding on a major, choose a college that compliments it. If you are going to have to further your education after a bachelors degree, see if some schools have the program at the same college, which will affect your chances of getting in. I would also suggest going to a college within your state unless you can afford out of state tuition.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | about 4 years ago
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Collegesearch.com is a great site for helping you match the schools that match what you are looking to do. If you're still in high school, most schools offer a college day during junior year when colleges come to offer up information about their school as well as applications if you are interested. You can also ask around. Many students end up going to colleges that their parents went to or someone close to them.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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To find the right college for you, you want to first make sure that the college you are looking at offers the degree that you want. Once that is proven true, you should check the listing of classes for that degree, as well as the electives to be certain that if there is any specific course that you would like to cover, it is available at that school. For instance, If you are looking to obtain an I.T. degree but want to make sure you are educated in web design, be sure to search the list of available classes to make sure that web design is something that is taught at the prospective school and that it will fit in to you degree plan either as a mandatory class, or as an elective. Once you find that the school offers everything that you want to study, check their status under the Better Business Bureau to verify that they are running smoothly and do not have a lot of unresolved complaints regarding students being ripped off or legitimacy. Finally, you should do a quick research on the status of the schools accreditations. Make sure that they fall in line with the government FAFSA list of accreditations or receiving financial aide may be impossible.

Answered by: Ms. Tmp J. | over 4 years ago
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Try the internet or google - type the location of the place you would like to study and look for colleges in the surrounding area

Answered by: Adyskank B. | over 4 years ago
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The best way to go about looking for schools is to decide what type of program you are interested in. If you want to major in science, you would want to look for a school with a strong science program, etc. The next factor would be cost of attendance and cost of living in that area; there is no point in looking into a school you will never be able to afford with a combination of financial aid and parental help.

Answered by: Mmtorres J. | over 4 years ago
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The best way to look for a college is to find out if they offer a program you are interested in pursuing. Colleges usually have websites that can answer your questions. If possible, you may consider visiting the college to find out if the faculty and extracurricular activities are a good fit for you.

Answered by: Lou N. | over 4 years ago
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