Benefits of Starting the College Search Early

Paulina Feitelberg
Staff Reporter
April 25, 2013

 

The school year is finally coming to a close. In a matter of weeks, our seniors will be a part of our alumni and moving into their dorms all across the country while current juniors take over their spots here at home. Before you know it, we'll be in the same exact position as the seniors are now.

 

But before that happens, we need to start thinking of what we want to do in the future. What do we want to be? Where do we want to go? Do we want a big or small school? There are so many questions that need to be answered and the quicker you try to figure out those answers, the easier your senior year and the years to follow will be. 

 

The first thing you should do is make a list of the colleges you think you might like. Once you have that list, go to the school website and find information about their campus tours. Try to go on as many tours as possible because even if you think it's your dream school, you don't want to make a commitment without seeing it first.

 

When you  go on tours, you're able to narrow down what you like and don't like in a college. I highly recommend going on a tour during the school year so you can see all the students at the college out and about on campus and can get a glimpse at what  your life might be like outside of class if you decide to attend that school. Once all the touring is complete you'll be able to really cut down your list to just your top options. 

 

When you have your top choices all figured out, it's really important to do research on that school. You need to know the cost of attendance, what classes they offer, what their required GPA and SATs score are. There are so many factors that play a role in finding the right school. 

 

As you can see, it takes a lot of work to find your perfect school and sometimes even doing all of this isn't enough. But the faster you figure out what you don't like, the faster you can figure out what you do like. Beginning all of these steps in your junior year takes so much pressure off of yourself for your senior year, which is filled with enough pressure already.