The college selection process can be very difficult especially if you don't know where to start. As someone who visited about 12 schools before finally finding the right place, I understand the struggles that you may be going through.
To help those out there that may be struggling I've compiled a list of things that I've found to be the most important when going to select your future home.
1. Choose a place you feel at home
When selecting the school you will call home for the next four years, it's important that you're going to a place where you feel at home and believe you will fit in.
Don't think about the distance from home because, if it's the right school for you, you will start to feel that school is your new home.
2. Don't follow your friends
Leaving your high school friends can be difficult but, don't choose to attend a school just because your friends are going there.
College is about making new friends and memories while you will miss your high school friends there are many ways to stay in touch.
3. Don't go to a school just because it's the cheapest
While money can be tough, especially when paying for school you don't want to eliminate your top school just because of the price tag.
There are thousands of scholarships out there to make your top school more affordable.
4. College rankings are not important
There are many different articles and websites ranking colleges, saying which is the best to attend.
However, this list isn't important. Every school is different, and there is one school that is the best for you so, don't worry about what the internet says.
5. Visit the campus
It's so important to visit the campus of the school you want to attend. Visit multiple to make your decision easier. As soon as you step onto the campus you will know if it's where you want to go or not.