Choosing the right school for you

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a school and whether it is vocational school to learn about a specific trade or a four-year university, there is a school out there that is perfect for you.

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How do you find that one perfect school?  First, consider what you want out of a school. Some of the most important things to consider are:
·         Location
·         Size
·         Available programs
·         Cost
 
Campus life, diversity, athletics and extracurricular activities are some other factors to consider.  One important thing to remember is, don’t choose a school simply because that’s where your friends are going. Step out of the box and make a decision that’s right for you.
 
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State Universities
·         Academics/Class size – Typically offers four-year (bachelor’s) degrees as well as graduate or professional (medical, law, pharmacy) degrees and a broad variety of programs. Many state universities also offer associate (two-year) degrees. Some general core courses may be large.
 
·         Cost – Tuition rates are generally less expensive than private institutions.
 
·         Campus Life – Big schools are often hubs of activity in
terms of sports, cultural events, clubs, sororities and fraternities, and special-interest groups.
  
Independent Colleges
·         Academics/Class size – Private schools may offer fewer academic
choices than a state school, but class sizes are generally smaller, meaning you’ll likely get more individual attention from professors and staff.
 
·         Cost – At first glance, tuition costs may look to be way out of your range. But private schools can have more grants, loans and scholarships available that can put a private school
within the same price range as a public school. Experts advise looking for the program you want first, then working with the school to work outthe financial details.
 
·         Campus Life – Smaller campuses make it easier to get know other
students. Plus, since there are fewer people, you’ll have more opportunities to get involved in athletics or other campus groups.
 
Community Colleges
·         Academics/Class size – Community colleges offer a variety of two-year majors and programs, which provide either specialized job training or preparation for transfer to a four-year program. Many students find it best to get their first two years of general coursework at a community college, which also gives them more time to decide on a major. Class sizes are often similar to high school.
 
·         Cost – You won’t find a better deal for your first two years of college. And since community colleges are designed to offer higher education
close to home, you can save room and board money by living at home. Many experts advise going the community college
route from both an academic and financial standpoint.
 
·         Campus Life – There’s less of a campus feel than in four-year schools, but you’ll also find a mix of different types of people from all walks of life as many people seeking a career change opt for a community college.
 
Technical Colleges
·         Academics/Class size – Technical colleges provide a curriculum focused on preparation for specific careers (such as automotive repair, cosmetology and paralegal fields). These programs offer an excellent way to gain practical experience for a career. Class size tend to be small.
 
·         Cost – Costs vary, but generally, since the programs are shorter in length and very focused, you get a lot of bang for the buck.
 
·         Campus Life – Like community colleges, technical schools rarely have dorms. However, since many of the courses may be taught by people in the career or profession you’re pursuing, there are built-in networking possibilities to your field of choice.
 

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