• Things to Consider When Selecting a College

    Deciding where to apply to college can seem overwhelming given that there are over 3000 colleges and universities in the United States. The first step, with some thought, you can probably narrow your selection by deciding which characteristics of colleges are of importance to you.  When considering whether a college would be a good place for you, consider the following criteria. You might want to print this page out and cut up the list, making three columns. The first column should be a list of criteria that would be CRITICAL as a fit college, the second list would be criteria that you would prefer but don't HAVE TO HAVE, the third list would be those criteria that are NOT IMPORTANT to you. These lists might change as you begin visiting schools and doing more research.


    Academic offerings/requirements/forming your own major, double degrees, 3+3 accelerated programs (undergraduate + graduate combined degrees)

    Specific majors offered



    Library facilities

    Study abroad programs

    Availability of classes

    Support for student government

    Research opportunities

    Honors program

    Quality of student newspaper


    Hands on learning, lecture, discussion

    Quality of laboratory facilities

    Availability of majors and double majors

    Academic rigor

    Atmosphere-laid-back, intellectural, social, politically active, compact, architectural style, residential

    Accessibility of professors


    Academic support for earning disabilities

    Availability of academic scholarships

    Small discussion groups, class size

    Flexible curriculum pre-professional programs


    Radio station on campus

    Sports level- Div 1, 2 or 3



    Being with intellectually vibrant people, more laid back

    Being one of the smartest in the class

    Teaching style-lecture, discussions, hands on

    Being a prominent figure on campus

    Resident/Commuter ratio

    On campus entertainment options

    LGBT supportive environment

    Friendly students

    Party atmosphere

    Size of student body

    School spirit

    Spectator sports

    Predominately religious student body

    Fraternities and sororities

    Socially or politically conscious people

    Free thinkers and non-conformists

    Fashion conscious student body

    Single sex or coed campus

    Relative close by

    Diverse student body


    Being in California

    Staying on the West Coast

    Art/Music studios

    Intermural sports

    Campus beauty, architecture on campus

    Freshmen allowed to have cars

    Outdoor recreation

    City life

    Ability to get home for the weekend


    Dorm proximity to campus

    Guaranteed housing for four years

    Substance free housing

    Bustling student center/quad

    Urban / Suburban / Rural setting

    Mountains/beach proximity

    Athletic facility


    Compact or large campus