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How do I start the college search process?

By Molly Kunzman on May 20, 2013

The months of May and June are crazy ones for college-bound high school students. If you are one of these students, not only are you dealing with the usual end-of-the-academic-year tests and papers, you now have to figure out how the college search process fits into your summer plans. Maybe you have already begun exploring what’s out there, and are thinking hard about your personal needs and interests. If you want to get a jump on the process, these months provide a wealth of opportunities to start looking at colleges, and it pays to use the time to learn more about specific institutions and programs.

Here are some tips for your search:

  • A great way to start is by visiting a wide variety of schools. Visit a small school in a rural area and a big school in a city. Take a look at a public institution and a private one. This will help you start to get a feel for what you like as well as what you do not like.
  • Try not to pack too many visits into one day. If you try to see too many schools they can start to blend together. It can also be helpful to write down your impressions at the end of each visit. This will help you later on in the process as your start to narrow down your list.
  • Do your best not to stress and try to have fun. This is an exciting time full of opportunities! Enjoy getting to know the different types of institutions that exist and learning what might be important to you for your collegiate experience.

Best wishes during the college search process. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

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