As a parent of a soon-to-be-graduating college student, I am acutely aware of the competitive landscape in the college admissions process. There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States to choose from.
How do you know which college is right for your student? And, do you have the time to research the best colleges for your student?
Nowadays colleges spend so much money and time on marketing to students that they seem more selective because more students apply.
The reality is that every time an institution turns away a student, it appears "selective." For example, just because more students like to study in a warmer climate doesn't mean the universities located there are greater than others.
So what determines a good college "fit" for your student?
- The program of study should match the students' needs and interests
- The style of instruction should match the way your student likes to learn
- The level of academic rigor should match your student's aptitude and preparation
- The environment and community should feel welcoming
- The institution should value your student for his strengths and weaknesses
As a parent, you may want to research the following factors about the universities your student plans to apply to:
- Public or Private Institution?
- What is the 4-year+ graduation rate?
- What is the freshman retention rate? i.e. are students returning?
- Is the college offering internships and are the majority of students getting them?
- Can your student receive merit aid and scholarships?
- What are the admission factors at the colleges that your student applies to?
These are just some of the questions that you may ask the admission counselors. You may want to look at our Resources
web page to help your student refine the college search.
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