Finding the Right Fit I: Characteristics to Consider

Which colleges and universities might be right for you? To a certain extent, your college experience will be what you make of it, and there are many different colleges out there that can meet your interests and needs and provide you with a great experience. It’s important though, to make sure you’re applying to colleges that have an environment, a campus culture, and opportunities that match what you’re looking for in your college experience.

What do colleges offer? Here is a list of academic and cultural characteristics of colleges and universities. As you do your college research, consider which of these characteristics are most important to you. Figuring that out can help you find the college environment that is the right fit for you:

  • Career preparation
  • Type of learning environment (lecture or seminar-style)
  • Quality of teaching faculty
  • Specific quality of chosen major
  • Academic guidance for undeclared/undecided students
  • Amount of financial assistance available
  • Medical/Law School placement and preparation assistance
  • Independent research opportunities
  • Internship placements
  • Study abroad
  • Types of technology available in your chosen major
  • Distance from home
  • Student/teacher ratio
  • Quality of labs
  • Access to top resources – science or media
  • Overall reputation
  • Graduate school placement assistance
  • Undecided major student advising/programming
  • Average indebtedness for students graduating from the college
  • Opportunities for experiential education
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