Steps to Choosing the Right College - South Arkansas Sun

Find the right college. Choosing a college is about more than the name on the diploma. Where students go to school touches numerous aspects of their lives, from academic studies to social activities and beyond.

Develop your short list. A lot of thought should go into developing a short list of schools you would like to attend. Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark, authors of "The Truth About College Admission.

Rank your priorities. Take time to make your own rankings, weighing the pros and cons of a particular school.

Don't procrastinate. Deadlines vary depending on the institution, but applications typically are due by January for regular fall admission.

Revisit schools. Once applications are submitted, it's time to choose a school, which may need another visit. Take another trip to each institution and come up with 10 to 15 thorough questions, advises college success guru Bob Roth.

Look past the initial price tag. College tuition varies. U.S. News statistics for 2021-2022 shows that ranked in-state public institutions have the lowest sticker prices at $10,338, compared to $38,185 for private schools.

Compare financial aid awards. If you're looking to graduate from college with little or no debt, carefully compare financial aid packages.

Delve into departments. College rankings can be one tool in the decision process, but don't forget that academic prestige can be examined on a smaller scale, too.

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