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How to Select the Perfect College

Sep 2, 2008
To select a college, which befits your needs is probably the most important decision that you to have to make as a student. The process involves considering several critical factors and weighing the importance of those factors against large magnitude of choices that are available.

The selection of a college will determine as how you will pass the most important, joyous, and responsible years of life. However, you also need to evaluate your interest, while choosing a college.

Tips:

Consider the academic strength:

When college authorities evaluate your application form, they weigh the level of difficulty of your course work. It also means that you are ready to take up challenging courses. Hence, you need to choose a coursework, which contains different subjects.

For instance, if you are interested in fine art, then your preparatory coursework needs to include subjects such as four years of English study, three to four years of math, science, foreign language and social studies.

If you intend to enroll yourself in an exclusive institution, you need to set the academic challenges that suit your capabilities. For instance, honors level course or selection of an advanced placement course will surely impress the admission committee as opposed to regular level course.

Another tip while selecting the field is that you might have developed skills in particular subjects during your high school days. Select the field, which interests you and will help to locate jobs after passing from the college.

Extracurricular activities

Consider your interest in extracurricular activities and your involvement in activities such as games, theater, and art outside the schoolroom while selecting a college. Colleges wish to attract learners, who can make positive contribution to college environment. You will find certain key phrases in application form such as your area of interest, sustained commitments and hobbies.

Here, college authorities evaluate and search for students, who are interested in only in few good activities such as theater, singing or sports, and avoid those, who wish to spread their dedications over a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities.

Thus, colleges put up their lists after rating the academic results as well as personal interests in extracurricular activities.

Standardized Testing:

Standardized testing is another confusing aspect, while selecting a college. While taking admissions, do not consider the standardized testing criterions to rate the performance of a college, as there are only few institutions with top rankings. Instead, check the competency level of staff. If possible, inquire about the teaching staff from ex-students of that college.

Another misconception, which many students harbor in their minds, is that they have to give at least two tests to gain admission in eminent colleges. In addition, they think they need to pass both the tests.

However, this is not true, as there are only few institutions, which have this criteria and it is beneficial for students, because if they fail in the first test, they can score in the second test and gain admission in college. Thus, you have to give it a serious thought as well as consideration, while making the best decision regarding your coursework and college.
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