Online Resources for Making Your College Choice Written by: Isabella Ava
Deciding on the right college is a huge, life-changing decision that should not be taken lightly. Plenty of thought and consideration should go into picking your perfect school. It's a great idea to sit down and make a list of everything that's important to you in a college, then compare and contrast each potential school according to your list: Where is it located? What majors do they offer? How much will it cost?
It's important to think about the big questions when getting ready for college: Why do I feel like I'm ready for college? What am I most looking forward to? Will I live on or off campus? How will I pay: cash, financial aid, or scholarships? The transition from being a structured high school student to an independent college freshman can be tough if you're unprepared. But if you know what to expect, it can be a blast! As a college student, you'll need to develop excellent studying, time management, note-taking, and studying habits, though.
It's smart to take your time when deciding on a college. It may be a priority to find a school that's close by (or far away from) your parents, but there are other factors to consider. Think about the city you'll be moving to - will you enjoy it for four years? Also, what curriculum does the school offer? Do they specialize in liberal arts or math and science? Asking these questions will ensure that the school will be a good fit for you.
Choosing a major is an equally important decision. Deciding on a major can be overwhelming. Maybe you're interested in many different things or just can't decide between two career paths. Sometimes it's easier to take a quiz about your interests - this can really get you thinking about what makes you happiest and what career would fit you best.
Most students decide on a major by the end of their sophomore year in school. This is usually when most of the basic academic requirements have been completed and it's time to move on to specialized classes. However, if you're undecided, don't feel pressure to choose just anything! Your major can be switched at any time, and it's usually a relatively simple process. To get the ball rolling, take elective courses in subjects that interest you. Take a wide variety of courses - you might be surprised at what you love.
Think about what subject material really motivates you, and explore it as much as you can. Students often double major, co-major, or minor in multiple subjects, so you don't have to choose just one! Also, remember that a major does not limit you to only one career option - there are many things that can be done with your chosen major. Talk to your guidance counselor for more information on possible college majors and post-college careers.
- What Degree is Right For You?
- "What's My Major?" Quiz
- What College Major is Right For You?
- Choosing Your Major
- Majoring in Your Future: The College Majors Quiz (PDF)
- College Major Selector Quiz
- Major Calculator
- Myths About Majors (True/False)
- Exploration Toolbox for Choosing a Major (PDF)
- Assess Yourself: Target Your Interests
Transitioning From High School to College
Finding the Right School
- Advice on Choosing Where to Apply
- Comparing College Costs (PDF)
- Finding the Right School: Narrowing Your Choices
- How to Choose a College That's Right for You
- College Navigator: Find the Right College for You
Choosing A Major