College Searches

Written by Jessica Duquette
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The Process Begins

College searches usually originate in the office of a high school guidance counselor. He or she will ask you a series of questions about your strengths/weaknesses, likes/dislikes and goals for your future. This is simply the first step in a long and arduous process.

For many students, college searches are selected based on choice in major. Unfortunately for many, the major chosen in high school is not often same as the student's eventual career path. College searches therefore require more consideration than evaluating which subjects you like or excel at.

Paper-based Search Tools

Do you remember when college searches were the talk of the corridor? Students would spend hours flipping through thousands of pages in a university directory trying to determine which school had the most to offer. Perhaps you even took the online questionnaire that was expected to spit out a handful of possibilities based on your answers.

Choosing the right college may have began in a guidance counselor office or library, but eventually a road trip was needed. Reading and hearing about a university is often quite different than seeing in through your own eyes. Site visits are recommended once you have whittled down the selection to a few schools. Walking the campus, exploring the classrooms and experiencing college life at different schools will give you a thorough understanding of what you can expect as a full-time student.

Online College Searches

Previously, the internet had not been a beneficial tool in the hunt for colleges and universities. Only in the last decade have schools pushed for online exposure and web-based recruitment tools. In the early days you could expect the mailman to deliver information on colleges and universities as early as the fall semester of your junior year.

While promotional materials can be helpful, many of today's students are taking the initiative in their college searches. The internet can provide detailed information on schools across the nation. You can even begin your search on the web and limit the possibilities by selecting certain search criteria such as major, location or athletics.

Don't Procrastinate

With the hunt for the right school becoming increasingly easier, you may decide to procrastinate in your search efforts. I can't discourage this enough. Ten years ago applying for college and being admitted was simple. Today, the competition is fierce and the percentage of students attending four-year schools has reached astounding numbers.

In order to secure your spot at the college of your choice, begin your search today. Whether you're looking for interior design colleges or a culinary arts university, the internet can help you through the process. Just a few hours on the computer today can help jumpstart the college selection process.

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