Factors to Consider when Choosing an Institution

  • Setting/Environment: Are you looking for a traditional college campus, or would you rather attend an institution which is integrated into a city?
  • Class Sizes: Is it important to you whether a typical class has 20 or 200 students?
  • Faculty Achievements/Qualifications: Would you prefer a research institution which can provide you with research opportunities, or are you looking for an institution where professors are more focused on teaching?
  • Social Life: Do you intend to get involved in Greek Life?  Do students stay on campus or go off campus on the weekends?
  • Safety: Does the institution offer a safe ride program?  How safe do students feel on campus?
  • Affordability: Can you afford the institution? How much debt are you willing to take on to finance your education?
  • Specific Major : Does the institution offer the major or program you want to pursue?
  • Graduate/Professional Opportunities: Does the institution offer five-year/combined degree programs?
  • Distance from home: Will you need to travel home often? Did you consider travel expenses in your financial picture?
  • Extra-curricular activities: Does the institution offer the extracurricular activities you want?  Is there an opportunity to create a new club?
  • Living arrangements: Are transfer students required to live on-campus?  Is there special housing for transfer students?  Does the institution offer affinity housing or living-learning communities?
  • Career Planning: Does the institution have a career center that will assist you in planning for a career?  Will help be available in securing internships and jobs?
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