Choosing a College During Your College Search

There are some important factors for you and your parents to consider when choosing a college during your college search. Where you apply influences where you get in, and where you go to college can have a big impact on your career and future in general. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a college during your college search is: Where is the College or University Located?

Location. Location. Location! Any business knows that location is everything. With this in mind, colleges and universities are businesses, but there approach towards sales do not really rely on foot traffic to attract students.

Yet, it is worth considering if you would prefer to go to a college in a happening big city, quaint college town, or tranquil rural community. I tend to think that location will also influence what extra curricular activities you can enjoy OFF campus, like cultural events. I also suggest, and maybe it’s the Californian in me- probably is, that location will influence weather and that may influence whether you like being some place nine months of the year.

While I prioritized academics and reputation, many of my high school friends put location on the top of the list because they wanted to go somewhere where they could have fun in the sun seven days a week, 365 days a year. They decided to go to UC Santa Barbara where they got to party hearty and enjoy a year-round tan (but I have heard that UCB has cracked down on the Mardi Gras scene).

As you may know, choosing a college during your college search is only the first step in the college admissions process. To help those who are serious about getting into an Ivy League college or other top college, I outline insider information based on my experience as a recruiter and alumni interviewer for Yale University.

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