How To Pick The Right College For You

Finding the college that is right for you can be a difficult and nerve-wracking task. You will be spending about four years at your college of choice and the last thing you want is to feel as if you have made a mistake in the college you choose. This post will help you determine how to pick the right college for you.

It is a picky task of weeding through the many wonderful colleges in the world to find the perfect college for you. Your options are abundant. That abundance is both beautiful and intimidating. With so many colleges to choose from, how do you find the right college for you?

Learning how to pick the right college for you is a hunt that requires research on your part. It is about what you want, where you look, and how in-depth you decide to search. Don’t let the search cause you anxiety and add on to your already mounting pre-college stress. Discovering the best college for you is a lot easier than you think.

What Do You Want in a College?

The first step in learning how to pick the right college for you is deciding what exactly you want in a college. You have to feel comfortable in college and figuring out what you want is tantamount to figuring out what will make you comfortable in college. There are a lot of factors to consider in this category. For example:

  • Do you want a diverse student body?
  • Do you want a college that caters more to the arts or the sciences or to all fields equally?
  • Do you want a college that offers a wide array of majors and minors?
  • Do you want a college that offers many extracurricular activities?
  • Do you want a small college with a small student body or a large college with a large student body?

These are just a few of the many questions that you can ask while trying to find out how to pick the right college for you. By discovering what you want from a college, you can then take these desires that you have and use them to figure out what colleges can best meet your wants and needs. This will allow you to find the colleges that fit what you would like so that you can further research them in detail.


Location is a big deal when trying to figure out how to pick the right college for you. You have to decide whether you want to be farther away from home or closer. Do you want to go to a school in state or out of state? The decision of location affects all the other decisions you make in finding the right college.

It would be a good idea to sit down with your parents or guardians to discuss your desires to go to school close to home or far from home. They may be able to help you weigh the pros and cons of both sides.

Set No Limitations

A key component of finding the right college for you is being open-minded. There are many, many colleges in the world. While some may be the last place you would have ever thought of considering for yourself, you never know unless you research them. Try to remain open to different things.

A friend of mine once told me that she was very close minded in the beginning of her college search and that she had two colleges in mind. She said that she refused to even look at any other colleges. That was until her aunt gave her a pamphlet on another college. She was intrigued and did her research. She then opened herself up to looking into many different colleges before deciding on the college her aunt had interested her in.

Do not set too many limitations in your college search. Learning how to pick the right college for you requires an open mind and a consideration of all the options before you. Do not limit your broad future!

Research, Research, Research

Research is key. I cannot stress enough just how important it is to actually do your own research on the colleges that you decide to look into. When you have figured out what you want in a college and have found the colleges that fit these criteria without setting any limitations on your search, you can then begin to do your detailed research on the colleges that you have narrowed it down to.

Research all aspects of the college that you can. Talk with your high school advisor so that they can help you figure out what else you should look for in the college. Your advisor can also help you better understand the tuition and other prices the colleges require. Make sure to discuss the money aspects with your parents and guardians as well.

Thoroughly research scholarships, activities, academics, campus life, housing and other important aspects of the schools. Do not hesitate to call the colleges and ask as many questions as you have. Many colleges offer campus tours. If any of the colleges you are looking into offer college tours, hop on it! Call and set up a day and time when you can tour the campus with a tour guide and ask any and all questions you need to ask.

Exploring how to pick the right college for you is a journey. You will be met with a little stress but nothing can dampen the joy you will feel the moment you find the right college for you. Keep looking and don’t give up until you find your college. Your future waits.

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Ashlyn Porter

Ashlyn Porter

Ashlyn Porter is a senior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in theater as well as a minor in sociology. A self-declared cinephile, Ashlyn enjoys watching and studying film in hopes of one day being involved in various aspects of the film industry. Her passions also include in writing, reading, baking and performing Shakespeare for her dog.
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