Five Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Apply to College

Posted by Sandy Lashin-Curewitz | November 05, 2014

Deciding which colleges to apply to is a little like shopping. You have to think about what you need, what you want, and what fits. Whether or not you’re the kind of person who actually enjoys shopping, we promise…college hunting can actually be fun—and not as stressful as it sounds. You just have to know what to look for.

Are you at an early stage in the process? To help you along, here are five things below that we think you should keep in mind as you attempt to narrow down your list. (And for those of you who know where you’re enrolling and have already ordered your Becker sweatshirt, our president wrote about “10 Things to Pack When You Go to College” for the Huffington Post—it’s not what you think, and worth the read!)

1. Variety of majors
If you want to major in business, attending a business college may seem like a no-brainer.  But you just may have a eureka moment about your career goals mid-freshman year and decide that, instead, you want to explore veterinary science, video game design, or education. Maybe you decide you want to start your own animal-related business. Your best bet is to choose a college that offers a variety of concentrations. 

2. Activities on campus
You can learn a lot about the student body by what common interests bring them together. Look for student groups you might want to join (and bonus points if the college provides special facilities or equipment to make the experience even better). Also research recent events. Do they sound fun or interesting to you?

3. Proximity to home (or an airport)
Think about how often you plan to visit your old digs. If the idea of seeing your family often—perhaps with laundry in tow—sounds comforting, consider a school that’s a short drive or train ride away—or one that’s near a major airport. (Becker is close to three international airports...)

4. Study abroad options
Even if you can’t picture yourself running with the bulls (or if the prospect of packing your suitcase to go to college seems sufficiently adventurous), you may decide you do want to spend a semester abroad or even at sea, and you’ll want to have a selection. 

5. A sense of belonging 
You’ll be spending a lot of time at college, so really, you want it to feel like a home away from home. Ask tour guides and admissions counselors to describe the community feel on their campuses. See if students regularly hang out together, if professors are accessible, and if everyone feels like they have a place at that school. Ask yourself, “Can I see myself here?” 

Remember, you’re just applying right now, not enrolling. Keep our tips in mind, relax, and enjoy the process! Hopefully, if you’re reading this, Becker is on your list. If you want to learn more, check out our Group Chat Events now.

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