Choosing a College that Fits
Choosing a college is personal. There are many things to consider: academic programs, cost, social opportunities, location. Don’t forget the importance of finding a school that fits your personality – a place where you can feel connected, supported and balanced.
Be Honest with Yourself. You know yourself best. Be thoughtful and honest about who you are and what you need. Ask yourself questions like:
- Do you feel best when you’re surrounded by people? Do big classes make you feel less pressure or more isolated? Do you need one-on-one attention or prefer to work things out on your own?
- Do you crave the pulse of a major city or a slower paced atmosphere? How important is it to remain close to home?
- Are you better suited to a community of people who feel ‘just like you?’ Or would you appreciate an ethnically, culturally or racially diverse environment? Do you need an atmosphere that’s accepting of your sexual orientation?
- What’s the social tone of the school? Does making friends require joining groups and clubs? How much partying goes on? Does the college or town support your extracurricular interests?
On Campus Support
It’s not uncommon for students to feel stressed or depressed once they get to college. Part of finding the right fit is acknowledging the challenges you might face and making sure a campus has the resources to help you succeed. Click here to learn more about exploring a college’s wellness philosophy and services.