7 Questions Students MUST Consider Before Picking a College

A lot of planning goes into the college selection process. A lot of the time, parents and students can forget some of the less pertinent aspects that really define the college experience.

Here are some significant questions that need to be kept in mind when wading through the anxiety that comes with selecting a college.

What’s The Graduation Rate?

This is probably one of the most overlooked statistics. Yes, this college might be the best in a certain degree or area, but if students are averaging six years to graduate it defeats the point of a four year degree. Check your school’s graduation rate beforehand to see what your odds are.

Double Major?

Most schools leave you with a significant amount of elective hours to eat up so that if you want to double major you can still graduate by the 4 year mark.

However, circumstances change and you want to think about this carefully if you know you’re going to have a heavy course load. In fact, some schools are now offering to pick up the tab on your 5th year once you accept their admission offer.

Greek or No Greek?

If semi-formals and barn dances are your idea of fun, than a school with a major Greek atmosphere is perfect for you.

Although, if the school is adamant on “going Greek” and you prefer making your own way, you could find it more challenging to adapt to this aspect of college life. Take a look at the school’s Greek life before you decide where you want to go.

Have you REALLY visited?

After your student tour, walk around and immerse yourself in the campus. Step in on a lecture, venture through the residence halls and get some opinions on dorm life and roommate experiences.

You may be surprised at how willing people are to share their advice. Ask if your parents if you can stay and check out the nightlife. This is where home is going to be and it’s important it feels like it.

How Big Are The Classes?

Definitely check the average class size at a college before you accept. Smaller class sizes allow your professor to give you more personal attention and course help, where as you could just be another face in the crowd in bigger classes.

What’s The Grub Like?

It might not seem important  now, but after a couple months of eating the same food everyday, you’ll likely be begging for take out. That can get costly. Check out the school’s campus food situation before you leave.

On Campus or Off?

Most colleges have their dorms on campus and near classes. After the 1st year though, most students decide to upgrade to an apartment and it can get pricey. Some will be on campus. but a lot will be farther away.

This can seriously affect your class attendance, especially during the colder months. Make sure to check the transportation and parking situation at your school.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.