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Recipe for Success in the College Search . . .

Advice to the Class of 2012 from the Class of 2011

  • Don’t pick a college only on how much fun it is.
  • If you visit and you generally feel you would love it there, go with your gut.
  • Consider a wide variety of colleges.
  • Research everything. Microscope
  • Maybe a community college is a good place to start.
  • Try not to stress  out too much and go where you love .
  • It isn’t all about the academics.
  • Visit many schools. Suitcase
  • Chill out and don’t stress out about it–you will find the right school no matter what.
  • Be open to all colleges.
  • Remember–this can be very stressful and so much will be thrown at you, but go where suits you best and makes you happy.
  • Look at schools with different selectivity ratings .
  • Divide your schools based on size, type of institution, etc., and narrow the list down. Apply to a reasonable number of schools.
  • Stay organized.
  • Do not procrastinate!
  • Don’t waste time applying to a college you don’t really want to go to.
  • Don’t just pick a college because your friends are going there.
  • Don’t follow the crowd–go to the school that is best for you.
  • Don’t give up on a college because you think you won’t get in or can’t afford it.




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Great advice! I think it's really important that students don't apply to colleges they can't see themselves attending. Remember there are application costs and it can get pricey if you apply to many schools.

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