Picking Your Alma Mater

When you’re a junior and senior in high school, there’s a lot of pressure to figure out which university you’ll be attending after graduation. With all of the factors involved, how do you possibly choose? Though there’s many more to consider, here are a couple of points that you can start thinking about.

Campus Size

Do you want to be a part of a big college town with towers of educational construction, or attend a smaller, less intimidating university? It depends on your needs as a student and individual. If you can assert yourself confidently and love participating in multiple aspects of college life, a larger university would work for you. For those of you who are overwhelmed by a crowded campus, a university such as a private college might be more fitting. Smaller schools have smaller departments, and it’s much easier to become familiar with your colleagues when it’s a generally smaller university.

Dorm Life

Many say a major part of the college experience is getting to live in dormitories during the school year. You can meet many new people and become involved in campus life easier that way. It’s a nice transition from living with your parents to living on your own while learning how to share a space with another, whether they’re a stranger or a good friend. Dorm life isn’t for everyone, however. Even if you commute, you can still participate in campus life, and for less of the cost if you live at home.

University Population

The student-to-faculty ratio can be a very important aspect of a college that can make or break your decision to go there. With less students per teacher, you won’t feel as though you’ll get lost in the sea of your fellow classmates. This means you will receive a more individualized education. A downside would be that there won’t be as big of a variety of people in your classes and on-campus. Wherever you decide to go, let these deciding factors give you food for thought.

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