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How to Choose The Right College for your Needs

What do you need to take into account when choosing College?

After all the years of homework, projects, essays, teacher’s notes etc., Finally, High School is over. Now what?

According to the U.S. Department of Education. During the 2017-2018 school year, over 3 million students from public and private schools were estimated to complete high school.

Choosing the right college can be an overwhelming task, especially if a student is not certain about the path they want to follow in the professional world. This important decision can be influenced by student exposure to different trades, community experience, natural talents and/or family and friends likes and dislikes.

Some students know what they want to do from an early age, but this is not the majority of cases. Young adults are presented with many options after the completion of their expected four years of high school. There are over 4,000 community colleges and universities in the U.S.

This number includes non-profit public and private educational institutions, but the newest trend of online educational institutions. Online education is giving all of these higher education institutions good competition. They had to change with times and offer online courses to attract new high school graduates and adults going back to college every year. Competitive higher education institutions must provide online options, industry related courses, scholarships, sports, clubs and more.

Traditionally college scouts visit high schools promoting resources available for freshman. With plenty of marketing on school related sites but here are some common sense steps that can assist when making this important decision.

  • Do your research; verify the institution’s accreditation's and graduation rates.

  • Review programs and courses available. Make sure they offer classes that meet your interest and schedule.

  • Put their student services to the test, educational institutions are not exempt from efficient customer service.

  • Carefully review your financial resources and options available, having a clear understanding of your educational budget is crucial to avoid crippling student loan debt.

  • Be realistic about your time investment, can you really commute? would you need child care?

  • Make sure to pay a visit to the campus and if you can chat with some of the current student.

  • Prepare a list of questions before your visit the Admissions Department.

Completing a degree can make a great difference, it provides a competitive advantage and career growth. Make sure you have the all the facts before moving forward. Don't give up on your educational needs.

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