How to Select the Right College for You

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College is your gateway to your future. It’s where you get to explore your interests and get a taste of new adventures, cultures, and ways of thinking. Of course, not all colleges are created equal, and not every college is right for every student. Don’t waste a minute of these life-altering four years by spending time at the wrong school. Here are some tips for narrowing down your college search as you prepare for the transition from your private high school.

List Your Goals

If you’re not exactly sure what you want to major in in college, don’t worry. Many students get to college without knowing for sure, and many more change majors once they get there. However, it’s a good idea to have some idea of the direction you want to go academically, so you can search for colleges that excel in those kinds of programs. For instance, the best school for journalism may not be the right school for engineering. Look beyond a college’s overall reputation and pay closer attention to the reputation of particular degree programs.

Consider Size

Some colleges have tens of thousands of students, while others may be only slightly bigger than your high school. Are you looking for the big university experience, or do you crave a smaller classroom setting? Some students coming from smaller private high schools tend to appreciate colleges that have small student bodies, while others are excited to tackle the social scene at large universities.

Decide on Location

Do you want to be close to family and friends while attending college, or do you see going to college as a chance to experience life someplace new? Do you want to be at a school with in-state tuition? The location of a college can impact everything from your lifestyle to your finances, so be sure to consider these factors.

Wherever you decide to go to school, the college prep school program at Orinda Academy will have you prepared for your new challenges. You can learn more about our East Bay prep school by arranging a school tour. To get in touch with our private school, call (925) 357-9719.