How to Choose a College

How to Choose a College

by Susan Neuhalfen

One of the most exciting and yet stressful things in a high school student’s life is choosing a college. However, according to Toni King, Director of Academic Advising and College Planning at Liberty Christian, it doesn’t have to be that stressful. King is one of two certified college counselors working through the college admissions process with all high school students.

“There are programs that help students find schools based on their interests,” said King. “There are a number of factors to consider which only helps to narrow down the selection.”

Liberty Christian uses Naviance, a whole college admissions software program that assesses students’ interests as well as what they desire in a school and helps them begin the process of choosing the
right college.

Students research whether they would like to attend a big school, small school, or in-state or out-of-state university. Other factors to consider include Greek organizations, sports, and, of course, financial obligations. Those are just a few of the factors students consider in making their final college decision.

According to King, students should apply to a range of colleges including:
Safety Schools – A college where you know you’ll get accepted
Target schools – Your GPA and test scores aren’t exact but given your whole student portfolio, there’s a probability of getting accepted
Reach Schools – Longshot, but something might spark the college about you

Angie Munday, a certified college counselor and academic advisor at Liberty Christian said that a major component in the college process is to visit the school.

“Until you get on the campus you really don’t get a feel for it,” said Munday. “There’s only so much you can learn on the internet.”

Finally, take a deep breath and don’t panic. Three’s a college fit for every child

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