I Received My Acceptance Letters, Now What?

You have applied to colleges, received your acceptance letters, and are ready for the next big step. However, you’re completely clueless as to what that step is.

Choosing which university to attend can be a very tough decision for some students. There is a lot to think through and a lot to take into consideration before you commit to one school.

Before accepting an offer, sit back and think, have I evenly weighed all of my options? Take these four things into consideration to help you make the right decision.

  • Programs 

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a university are their academic programs and how they will benefit you. For example, if you plan on studying psychology, it is necessary to review each university’s psychology program.

Here are some questions to consider:
1. Do they have the program you are interested in?
2. Is the program competitive and difficult to be accepted into?
3. What classes are you required to take at each university?
4. Is the university’s program well-known and successful?

  • The Campus 

After you have narrowed down your choices, it is important to visit each university. This can be achieved through campus tours or visiting someone you know who already attends the university. When visiting each campus, you may find one to be much more appealing than the other. Even though your education comes first, choosing a university that is appealing to you and feels like home can play an important role in your success.

  • Location 

Once you have taken a look at each campus, take a look at the surrounding location. Whether it be a city or small town, you must determine the type of location you want to live in.

Another thing to take into consideration is each university’s distance from your hometown. Many students are uneasy about going away to school for their first time, therefore, a university closer to home may be a better choice. However, you shouldn’t base your decision entirely off of how close it is in relation to home, we all have to move out some day.

  • Money/Scholarships

If money is a major concern when applying to schools, chances are you have been somewhat thinking about scholarships. Many students actually make their decision based on which schools they receive scholarship money from.

While this may save you a large sum of money, make sure you have gone through the first three factors before making your decision. If you accept money from a school that doesn’t have your program, your money will be going to waste.

Always remember to follow your instinct when deciding on a university. This is your decision and it should not be based off of where your friends, family, girlfriend or boyfriend are going or have gone.

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Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Trombly is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in journalism. She has also participated in a study abroad program at the University of East London. At school, Jane is an active member of the Greek community, and CMU’s fashion association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and writing for her very own fashion blog.
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