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What to Look for in a School


As you begin your search for schools, consider the things that are important to you. Are there any "must-haves" that you refuse to compromise on?

Use this checklist to identify everything you are looking for in a school. Print a copy and keep it on hand as you research schools.


Type of School


What type of school best provides the education you are seeking?
Technical/trade school
2-Year college
4-Year college
Other:

Do you care if you go to public (state) or private school?
Public
Private
No preference

Would you be more comfortable at a school of a specific size?
Yes (Preferred number of students: )
No

Location

What type of setting do you prefer?
Urban
Suburban
Rural
No preference

Do you want to go to school in state or out of state?
In state
Out of state (State: )
No preference

Do you care if the school is located close to home?
Yes (Hours: )
No

Admissions Requirements

Do any of the following admissions requirements matter to you?
•Percentage of applicants accepted: Yes (Percentage: )
No

•Average class rank of applicants accepted: Yes (Rank: )
No

•Average GPA of applicants accepted: Yes (GPA: )
No

•Average SAT1 scores of applicants accepted: Yes (Score: )
No


Financial Obligations

Will cost (tuition and fees) be a factor when you search for schools?
Yes (Maximum cost: )
No

Must the school offer any of the following types of aid?
Grants/scholarships (academic, athletic, or other)
In-state residency discounts
Work-study employment
Other:
No

Academic Programs

Are you seeking a specific major that a school must offer?
Yes (Major: )
No

What type of learning method do you prefer?
Hands-on practical learning
Lecture-based
Research-based
Distance learning
Other:
No preference

Would you learn better if classes were limited in size?
Yes (Preferred number of students: )
No

Are you looking for any special academic programs?
Independent study
Study abroad programs (Country: ____________ )
Honor societies
Advanced Placement1 (AP1) credits
Other:
No

Athletic Programs and Extracurricular Activities

Must the school offer Division I, II, or III sports?
Yes (Sport: )
No

Must the school offer intramural sports?
Yes (Sport: )
No

Is it important to you that the school have sororities and fraternities?
Yes
No

Are there specific clubs or organizations that you want to participate in?
Yes ()
No

Housing

Where do you plan to live?
Dormitory
Off-campus housing
Home
Other:

If living on campus, do you have any specific housing needs?
Co-ed dormitory
Single-sex dormitory
Housing for students with disabilities
Housing for international students
Other:
No preferences

Other

What other "must-haves" will factor into your school search?
•Make up of the student body: All male
All female
Co-ed
No preference

•Religious affiliation: Yes (Religion: )
No preference

•Ethnic/minority representation: Yes (Specify: )
No preference


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