Choosing the Right School
By SAGE Scholars
January 20, 2022
Choosing the Right School
Spring is the in the air and aside from increased levels of pollen causing allergy
sufferers anxiety, college acceptance letters are causing high school students
heightened levels of stress. Not only do students have to resist the urge to rugby
tackle the postal workers to get their hands on mail from colleges, they also have
to decide where to spend the next four years of their lives.
Understandably that can be a very taxing decision for a number of reasons.
You might not know what you want to do with the rest of your life at age 18, so
deciding on a college and intended major is a hard task. Also, college is one of the
largest financial investments that you will ever make. In many cases every dollar
counts in terms of financial aid. Finally, not everyone gets into their first choice
college so deciding on where to go after your feel like your dreams and future
happiness have been crushed is difficult. Just keep in mind that college rejection
is a normal part of the college process and even Warren Buffett got rejected by
Harvard. Here are some tips the team at SAGE Scholars assembled to help with
the task of deciding which college or university is your best fit.
Ask questions of current students on campus. When you are on a
college visit take the time to grab lunch at a common area and ask
a few students what they think of the college, what classes they are
taking, what campus life is like, etc.
Compare the Financial Aid Packages. College is a huge investment
and if you are leaning towards one college in particular, but their
financial aid package is lower than other colleges that you have
been accepted to, contact their financial aid office and see if they
will match other higher offers. If you don’t ask, you won’t receive any
additional aid and once you are out of school and repaying colleges
loans, you will be wishing that you did.
Sit in on a few classes. Arrange to sit in on a few classes that
you think that you might want to take. Professors are usually very
receptive to potential students sitting in on a class and this is a
great way for you to get a better sense whether or not the school is
for you. Just remember one class, isn’t a fair representation of the
Play the tourist. If you are considering a college in a new location
take the time to see what you think of the surrounding area. If you
love camping, see if how far away the local camp grounds are. If
you love going out to eat, check out the local restaurants. Just don’t
make your decision sole on the fact that the local town has great
At SAGE Scholars, we deeply believe in the value and quality of private higher education. Our mission is to provide access to affordable college opportunities while bringing together families, colleges & universities, and benefit providers to create college funding solutions. Since 1995, SAGE Scholars has bridged the gap between students who want a quality private college education and colleges that will work closely with member families to ensure affordability — all at no cost to the student, family, or college. As the nation’s oldest, largest, and most trusted private college preparation and funding organization, we’re providing families with the guidance and resources they need for every step of the college process.
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