Choosing a college is downright hard, but given the issues that are currently happening within the economy, it can be slightly overwhelming. Below are a list of the top colleges in the world; however, just because the college is on this list, does not mean it is the college that is right for you. There are a few key factors that should be put into perspective.
SIZE OF COLLEGE
There is a huge difference between a large university and a private college. Universities are large and can have 300 or more students within one classroom. Your professor may never know you by name, only by number. In this particular setting, hands on help or questions are difficult to get from your professor. A study group is necessary in both private and large universities, but ESPECIALLY in a large college environment. It is easy to quickly get behind.
A private college is generally more expensive, but there are less students in a classroom setting. Your professor usually knows you by name and it is easier to get personal attention or ask for extra help. Private colleges generally do not charge an out of state tuition fee. Universities and private colleges are both excellent choices depending on the individual.
Never just look at a college's overall rank. If you are planning to go into a specific program then you should always make sure that the college is well-ranked in the area that you choose to study in. Many young adults make the assumption that just because the college is known to be top notch that ALL of their programs are equal. This is NOT true. Take the extra time to research what you want your major to be and research which colleges are best in that area of study.
Let's face it, college is expensive even with scholarships. Choosing a college that you want on a particular budget can be very difficult. At this point in life, you need to learn how to budget. Many people think they can afford something and end up getting in debt way over their head. Make sure you calculate ALL of your potential costs. These include:
- Tuition Fees
- Room and Board
- Social Activities
- And miscellaneous, such as personal items.
This is a list of just a FEW of the costs of college. Most college aged students severely underestimate the cost of going to ANY college. Many believe that if you have enough money just to cover the basis then that is the most important thing. This would be true in a perfect world. It is never a good idea to EVER make a budget plan that includes using all of your money and having nothing left over. There should always be a sum of money left over AFTER you pay your student bills. If you are running on a budget that includes all of your exact amount of dollars, you may just find yourself in a bind. Things happen, unexpected things may occur and you should never go unprepared for those mishaps. This is not a lesson only for choosing college, but this is also a rule that you should incorporate into the rest of your life.
Would you prefer to live closer to home or does it matter? Do you like big cities or small cities. Towns or small communities. While this may not seem important, it is an extremely important part of choosing a great college for you. For example, if you came from a small town, it is easy to get distracted if you choose to jump up and go to a giant city. Moving is already one of the most stressful events a person can go through. Throw college life on top of that and you can have massive issues.
There is nothing wrong with desiring to stay close to home. Many first year college students need that extra support from their family members and if it will help you stay focused, then the best decision for you may be to stay closer to home, rather than attending a college 2,000 miles away.
Depression occurs very often with first year students because of the stress of everything changing all at once. If at all possible do not put yourself through this. At some point, you will have to learn to become independent, but for some people the first year of college is not exactly the right time.
GO CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING:
- RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONS
- THE ACTUAL CAMPUS, TAKE A TOUR.
- CHECK OUT THE EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
- ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS
- SPEAK TO A COLLEGE/CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE
THE BEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD
(According to U.S. News)
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett
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