When choosing a college, I believe there is basic information to find out about the college of your choice to make sure it aligns with your goals, but it’s also important in how the student FEELS at the college.
Important questions every high school student should ask prospective colleges:
- Do you have my major/interest of study?
- Do you offer study abroad programs?
- Do you facilitate internships and co-op programs?
- What type of financial aid can you offer?
Feeling the College Out
I insist that my students tour prospective college campuses. I instruct students to listen to their guts more than their brains while on campus. If a campus doesn’t feel right on a visit, chances are, the student is not going to feel comfortable on the campus for the four to five years living there. Meaning, the student’s quality of life could suffer.
Colleges post pretty pictures on websites. Think about it, have you ever seen a bad picture of a college online? The only way to really know what a college looks and feels like is to visit it. So do your research! If the college checks off on the basic information you’re looking for, then schedule a time to tour the college to see if this is truly a place where the student can feel comfortable and to call this place “home” for the next four to five years.
Inspiration & Help
If your student wants to explore the most beautiful colleges, here’s a great article featuring the most beautiful colleges in every state. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or need help navigating a tour, I highly recommend College Bound Birmingham! You can leave the itinerary to them and also explore multiple colleges on one trip.
Still have questions? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how I can help!