Tune in to any chat with college students on collegeweeklive.com and you will hear the importance of finding the right college fit. It just makes sense, saves time, saves money, and saves the pain and effort of transfer. Getting the right college fit can make all the difference in a great college experience. Seniors need to evaluate these 6 elements to ensure a great “fit” as they make final decisions for applications and acceptance opportunities. Juniors need to be considering these same 6 points as they visit campuses. I was recently asked why I consider a transfer as “painful.” My response, “Students who are unhappy in their college choice, do not perform as well, spend time seeking the next college, doing the application and waiting process, and lose credits that end up extending a 4 year degree to 5 or 6 years. The pain is social, academic and financial.”
These 6 characteristics help you identify the best “fit” for a great college experience and avoid the pain of a transfer.
- Academics – be sure the institution has the major area of study in which you have interest, ability and desire.
- Geographic Location – consider your need to be close or far from home, the travel costs, and climate, urban, suburban, and rural.
- Cultural – how do students dress, are religious preferences readily available, what about food or dietary options.
- Social – are there sporting event venues, theater, what about fraternities or sororities, availability of favorite hobbies like skiing, golf, and cycling or paint ball.
- Athletics – an opportunity for you to engage in your sport as a college athlete (www.collegesportstrack.com for excellent recruiting advisement) or the venues for you to be a fan
- Financial – is it affordable, what could make it affordable, what is the earning potential given the degree you are looking to attain, does it make the cost worth the investment
Plan ahead and evaluate all of the characteristics to ensure a “Great Fit” college experience.