Narrowing the College Search

There are thousands of colleges and universities to choose from. Start by eliminating schools that do not meet your standards.

Consider the following criteria when first beginning your college search:

• Regional Location
• Setting (Urban or Rural)
• Enrollment Size (20,000 or 2,000)
• Academic Program
• Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria should be the LAST thing to consider in your college search. Do not rule out schools that you’d love to go to simply because you think you won’t get in. Of course, be reasonable – if you’re a C+ student you most likely won’t get into Harvard, nor would you be happy there. But plan to apply to several “reach” and several “safety” schools.

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