How Do I Gather Information About Schools I'm Interested in Attending?

When considering a school, an aspiring student should gather information about tuition costs, financial aid and room and board availability. A school should be accredited by a recognized society, and students should have easy access to professors and staff.

Learn About Academic Programs

The first step in gathering information about schools is determining what career you wish to pursue. Choosing an institution that doesn't have the programs available to prepare you to enter the job market or pursue advanced education after college will likely lead to a frustrating and unsatisfactory college experience.

The first source for information about an institution's programs could be the college or university's website, where you can find out about the majors and course offerings available. Contacting the head of a department you might be interested in to get more in-depth information may be helpful as well. You can usually find names and email addresses or phone numbers for an institution's department personnel on the college or university's website. There are also a number of publications and organizations, such as U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review, that profile and rank postsecondary institutions and programs.

Important Facts About College Programs

Degree Levels Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees available
Prerequisites Varies, depending on intended program and institution; most associate and bachelor degree programs require a high school diploma, or equivalent
Fields of Study Biology, physics, computer engineering, public policy and administration, international studies, bioinformatics, journalism
Online Availability Fully online curricula are offered at many colleges

Learn About the Cost of Attendance

After academic programs, the next consideration in choosing a college or university is the cost of attendance. You'll want to find out about the tuition, fees and room and board expenses at the institutions you're considering. Most institutions do offer scholarships and other financial aid programs that may make studying at an expensive school more affordable, so cost should not prohibit you from applying to a school. However, you may want to apply to a mix of lower-cost schools and some that may be more expensive.

The university's website is probably the best source for this information. There you can learn about the cost of attendance as well as options for financing study. You can see which scholarships you qualify for and find out about how to apply for them. You may also want to contact the institution's admissions and financial aid offices to get additional information.

Visit the Campus

Visiting the campus of a school you may be interested in attending often helps you decide whether the school will meet your needs. During a campus visit, you can examine the culture of the school, size of the student body, and the quality of classes. Some students may prefer a large college with a large student body, while others may prefer a smaller and more intimate campus.

Sit In on Classes

By sitting in on a typical class at a college, you can determine the quality of education that you might receive as a student there. In a smaller classroom setting, students have greater access to professors, which may help some students be more successful. However, you may be a student who doesn't desire much direct contact with professors, and attending lectures in a small class setting may be uncomfortable for you.

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