How to Narrow Down Your College Search
The biggest factors when narrowing down your college search are
Hi! I'm Samantha Lake for About.com and today I'm going to tell you how to narrow down your college search. We're here at Count Me In Tutoring in Bedford Corners, N.Y.College is one of the biggest steps in a young person's life. Before you apply to colleges, you first have to figure out what factors are most important to you. An initial list should consist of 15 to 20 schools. So, you have your list of 20 schools, now is the tough part, narrowing down your list.There are many factors to consider when deciding where to apply to college. The main factors include:When narrowing down a list of colleges, it is very important for both the student and the parents to sit down and make a list together prioritizing factors that will determine where to apply. Usually the biggest factors when narrowing down your college search are cost, location and major, however each student is different.If you know what your intended major will be, you should research which colleges have the strongest departments and reputation in your chosen field. The Internet is a great resource for this -- you should see which colleges and professors are prominent in your chosen field. You will want to trim your final list to 5 to 8 schools.A good tip is to include your "top" school and a safety school within your final list. You should eliminate schools that don't fit your top three criteria when narrowing down colleges. If location is important to you, you will want to concentrate your search to the areas you desire, then factor in the rest of the criteria, starting with colleges that have your desired area of expertise. There are many factors to consider when narrowing down your college search. If you follow these tips, you should end up with a list of colleges to apply to that work for you.To learn more about college applications and education, please visit About.com and thanks for watching.