Tips for Researching a College

One of the first things you should do when you are considering going to college is to make a list of all the schools that are suitable for you. If you are in high school still you can get help from you school counselor. But even if you are not in high school you will find that there are many resources that will be helpful in making this big decision.

I’m a big fan of making use of the Internet to do research. Online, you will find many sites that list colleges and universities by region or by course. They usually provide all the contact information that you might need including email addresses, mailing addresses, and toll free phone numbers. Use these online sites to find out the web sites for colleges that you are interested in.

Once you have a list of colleges put together, check out their web sites. On a college web site you should be able to have most of your questions answered. They should be able to give you a good feel for the college that you are interested in. But you might also find other interesting things that can be very revealing.

For example, you might find links to the college Facebook Page or Twitter account. On a college Facebook page you can usually get a good feel for how the students feel about the school. There are often conversations happening that students participate in. You can also get a feel for what the college thinks is important. If they provide links to other sites (and they should) you will likely see where their priorities lay. Their Twitter page might be very similar and allow you to get a feel for the “personality” of the college.

Check to see if the college has a blog. Any college that is up-to-date with current trends will realize that a blog will help them connect with students and others that might be interested in the school. What do they blog about? What kinds of topics are common? When you read the blog post, do you feel like there is a real person behind it or is it all corporate mumbo-jumbo that doesn’t make sense to you?

Finally, one of the best ways to get a good feel for a college that you are interested in is to hear it from those who have attended the college. The students that have been there are often your best resource for finding an honest opinion.

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