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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a College

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Posted on June 6, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

Choosing a college can stress anybody out. After countless campus tours, applications and admissions essays, finding the right school can seem like an impossible task, especially with so many factors that go into your decision.

College is a huge investment, so it’s important to choose a school that’s the right fit. During your search, avoid these five pitfalls that some students run into.

1.      Rushing Your School Search

Waiting until the last minute to find a school is never a good idea. If you procrastinate, you’re more likely to pick a college that’s the wrong size, environment or location for you.  

Take your time during the college search. If you’re in high school, start looking during your sophomore or junior year. That way you have enough time to explore different programs, campuses and career options.  

2.      Following Friends or Significant Others

Going to college with your best friend, girlfriend or boyfriend can seem like a great idea at first. However, the next four years are crucial for your development, so it’s important to base your decision on your needs, not your high school sweetheart’s. If your relationship is strong enough, it will last in spite of the distance. 

3.      Choosing College for the Party

Some students go to college to party, but that’s not what higher education is about. 

When picking a school, find one with a healthy social atmosphere conducive to learning. Look for clubs, sports teams and leadership opportunities on campus where you can forge healthy relationships that last throughout your college career.    

4.      Not Visiting the Campus

Colleges can be found in rural, suburban and urban environments across the country. One person’s dream environment could be another person’s nightmare, so it’s important to visit each campus you’re considering before making any decisions. 

When you start your college search, visit schools in every kind of setting. That way you can decide which one is best for your learning needs.

5.      Not Investigating All of Your Options

Maybe you’ve dreamt of attending a school since you were a child. Perhaps you picked a school because of their sports team or to sustain a family legacy.

These aren’t bad reasons for picking a school, but it’s important to check out other options too. You might think a certain school has everything you want, but you won’t know for sure until you’ve looked at all of your other choices. 

College is an amazing opportunity in any young adult’s life. During your search, focus on your needs as a student and the goals you hope to accomplish over the next four years. We know the process is overwhelming, but with the help of these tips, you’ll be able to find a school that’s perfect for you. 

Choosing a college can stress anybody out. After countless campus tours, applications and admissions essays, finding the right school can seem like an impossible task, especially with so many factors that go into your decision.