Three Tips on How to Make a College Decision
Getting accepted into college can be exciting. After months of writing essays, sitting for interviews, and filling in the Common App, it can be nice to relax, knowing you have a place to go in a few months.
But for many, the problem can be having too many options. Students get acceptance letters from several, highly competitive schools. Instead of enjoying their last few months of high school, they panic over which college they should commit to.
The stress can seem enormous, but it isn’t insurmountable. Having gone through this problem with countless students, Jackie and I at Class 101 Cleveland OH Southeast recommend doing a few things to help students make a decision.
First, we suggest visiting the campus for an overnight visit if possible. Some campuses allow prospective students to spend a night in a dorm with people their age. This visit gives students a chance to explore further, to try the local dining hall, and see what their accommodations might look like. By engaging with others, they can see if they like the other students and enjoy the atmosphere of campus.
Mingling can help them with indecision. Through their experiences, students can ask themselves, “Do I see myself here?”
Second, if they know what they want to major in, we suggest students visit with department heads. Through one-on-one meetings, students can compare what their options offer in terms of classes, facilities, as well as internship opportunities.
Visiting an academic classroom is a great way to experience what it might be like as a student. They can also see if they like the professors and fit in with the school’s overall culture.
Lastly, we recommend students reach out to admissions offices to better understand how special credits might transfer. Many of our students take Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus classes, which can be counted toward some colleges’ graduation requirements. Being able to transfer these courses, decreasing cost and the time needed to graduate, can make or break a decision.
Engaging with admissions can also be a chance to ask about other forms of financial aid.
Many colleges do not expect a final decision until May 1st, so students have time to make up their minds. Once a student decides not to attend a school, they should let the college know as soon as possible. Not only is this common courtesy, but it also frees up a spot for a student on a waiting list that is hoping for a confirmation.
These are just a few of the options that students find useful. If you need help thinking through them or any other issue, you can set up a meeting with us at www.class101.com/clevelandohsoutheast.
We are always available and ready to make the process as stress-free as possible.