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What is the Best Fit for Me?

When it comes to deciding where you would like to continue your academic journey, there are so many factors to consider!  

Decide what is most important to you in a college experience, along with your long term goals and how college will play a part in achieving those goals.  By exploring college websites, taking college campus tours, attending college lunch visits and college fairs, try to learn as much as possible about your potential school. 

Below are some things you might want to consider as you research:

Type of School

  • Two-year or four-year
  • Public or private
  • University/research institution or liberal arts college
  • All male, all female, or coed
  • Faith-based or secular

Student Life

  • On and off campus activities
  • Athletics
  • Greek Life
  • Student organizations
  • Safety
  • Student body diversity


  • Urban or rural
  • Size of nearest city
  • Distance from home
  • Geographic setting and weather


  • Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, transportation, housing)
  • Scholarships
  • Campus employment

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA
  • Average test scores
  • Required high school courses
  • Likelihood of being accepted


  • Residence halls
  • On/off campus housing
  • Meal plan
  • Parking for residents and for commuters


  • Programs and majors offered
  • Student-faculty ratio
  • Accreditation


  • Physical enrollment
  • Average class size
  • Physical size of campus