Choosing a College
With more than 3000 colleges and universities in the United States and 80 colleges and universities right here in the state of Kentucky, choosing the college that fits you best can seem quite overwhelming. Here are some things to keep in mind as you learn more about your options.
Areas of Study
You need to put some thought into what kind of degree you are looking to earn. You want to choose a school where you will be satisfied with your intended major. For those that are undecided about what they want to do, you will want to look seriously at schools that have many different programs to choose from, or consider beginning at a community college.
Colleges vary in size from a few hundred students to more than 40,000 at large universities. Your personal style comes into play here. If you are outgoing, assertive, and like taking part in activities with large groups, a large university might be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you prefer a small group of close friends and you like to know your teachers well, then you may be more comfortable at a small college.
Large universities typically offer more areas of study, more diversity among students and faculty, a greater range of sports, clubs and other activities, and more impressive facilities. Smaller colleges can provide a greater sense of belonging, smaller classes, and closer relationships with faculty.
How do you feel about being a long way from home? Would you prefer to be able to visit your family often? You will need to consider how travel expenses will factor into your decision. You want to feel like you are on your own, but you don't want to go so far away that you feel uncomfortable.
What are the basic costs of tuition, room and board, books, and other fees? You will need to think about what you and your family can afford and what schools may offer you the best financial packages.