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Thanks to Noah Greenberg from Findthebest.com for this guest post
As college application season approaches, students and parents deciding where to apply have a few considerations to keep in mind.
Each fall the college rankings seem to put the nation in frenzy, but there are several other important factors to keep in mind. From location to school specialty, each student has their own personal preferences, and a ranking is far from the most important thing to consider when choosing a school.
Think about what kind of environment you want; are you the type of person who is attracted to a big name school with a large football team, at the expense of individual attention from professors and advisors? A big name might also be helpful in landing a job after graduation, but going to a small liberal arts college may be just as valuable in obtaining connections and focusing on specific majors. At a small school you are more likely to get acquainted with professors and receive extra help and guidance both inside and outside of the classroom.
Fortunately, there is a new college comparison tool that helps search for and compare colleges and universities by location, tuition, test scores and more. The free tool from comparison engine FindTheBest includes each and every college in the United States, so you can be sure that you aren’t missing out on any options.
Finally, it is important to realize that not getting into your dream undergrad school is NOT the end of the world. College is an amazing learning experience, no matter what school you attend, and it is important to enter the world of applications with an open mind.
Finally, if you are interested in possibly going to graduate school after college, make sure to look into both what type of school you are interested in, as well as what that school looks for in its applicants. Although it may seem far away, grad schools look at everything you did in your college career when considering your enrollment, so its important to get an early start in this regard. Take a look at these comparisons of top business schools, medical schools and law schools to get a better idea of what you might be interested in.
This application season, please don’t let a ranking tell you what the “top schools” are, there is much more to a great school than the approval of the US News Rankings. Take some time to think about what truly matters to you in a school, and you will be sure to happy with your choice.