Choosing the right fit
Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Post-Secondary School
(Some of this information was borrowed from Bright Futures Education and Career Coaching - 2016)
Most people believe the post-secondary school with the BEST program and the BEST reputation is the right choice for their college or university journey. However, there are many other factors and information that aren’t included in school brochures which should be included in your decision-making process. Pursuing post-secondary education is an expensive venture, so it’s important that you can make the most out of your experience!
So what are some of the other things to consider when choosing which school is best for you? We have created a document that has an exhaustive list of questions you should take into consideration as you narrow down your choices. These are also questions you should ask during a college informational presentation or campus visit.
The following four factors are those that speak to you as an individual, your own personality and what is of value to you.
1. Location, location, location!
As you will be starting a new school, possibly in a different city, exploring the campus and surrounding area enables you to picture yourself attending class, engaging in activities, living on campus, and adapting to your new post secondary lifestyle. It’s important to enjoy and feel inspired by the campus you will be attending, so make sure it’s a good fit!
2. Campus Size
Another factor to consider in regards to the school’s campus is its size. This does impact how you get to class, as some campuses are spread throughout entire cities! Most students do not have their own vehicle and rely on public transportation, so finding out if bus passes are included in your tuition and how to get around your campus or city is another key element in choosing the best school for you. Some people love the energy and options provided by large schools, others prefer a smaller, more intimate campus. In the end, it’s about determining the size and feel of the school that is right for you!
3. What’s Important?
Choosing a post-secondary institution is a big decision and different people will base their decision on different factors. Pay attention to what’s important to you, not to someone else. Do you prefer to live on campus, or commute? If you want to live in a residence hall, what style do you prefer? What subject(s) are you majoring in and which schools provide the best resources and class options to students in that department? What is your learning style like and which schools/programs are the best fit? Knowing what’s important to you is crucial in evaluating various schools!
4. Social Experiences
Although you are not the only “new kid on the block,” those same feelings of uncertainty about making new friends still exist. By talking to previous graduates or current students you can find out about the types of organizations and teams that are offered, as well as what students do outside of class. This way you can see what you have to look forward to, and the kinds of people you will befriend! After all, you are starting a new chapter of your life – this includes your social life too!
Your post-secondary school and program decisions are very important and need to be given lots of consideration. To get started, create a list of the factors that are most important to you in choosing a school. Use this tool to compare up to 3 colleges you're interested in. Consider each of the points above, and then evaluate each school based on your criteria. Also pay attention to which school speaks to your heart! The more you love it there, the better off you’ll be. Good Luck!!