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Deciding on a college major as well as which school to attend can be difficult for high school students. While some know what career path they want to follow and which school they want to attend at an early age, others aren't as sure. In order to decide on a degree and a college, many high schoolers need to use critical thinking to narrow down those choices.

Student Population

The size of your college is important, and we don't just mean acreage. Whether you choose a school with a large student body of tens of thousands, or a smaller one of only several thousand students says a lot about what you value as a student. Larger universities mean larger classrooms, with classes often taught in auditoriums by graduate students or other teaching assistants. Smaller classes, on the other hand, might be closer to what you experienced in high school. These are prime places to forge a closer relationship with your professors and fellow students. The choice is up to you, but a smaller college is recommended if you don't want to feel lost in the shuffle.

Financial Prospects

A college degree is a boon for your employment and salary prospects, but certain degrees are more lucrative than others. Some of the highest paying degrees are in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), with petroleum engineering, actuarial mathematics, and bio engineering seeing some of the biggest paydays. It's important that students who choose these majors already have an existing aptitude of some sort for these fields. Otherwise, they might find themselves struggling to break into a career they aren't suited for. If a high school student is interested in two different degrees (for reasons beyond financial prospects), they should give the edge to the one with better salary opportunities.

Research School Reviews

All universities try their best to promote their school as being immaculate and the perfect place for any student to attend. While marketing like this is understandable, it doesn't give you the clearest perception. Websites like ratemyprofessors.com and studentsreview.com give opinions from students and alumni about their experiences on campus. By going through reviews for Independence University, and other schools, you are bound to find interesting perspectives and learn about concerns you might've not otherwise considered. Not all reviews will be relevant or useful to you but receiving as much information as possible is highly recommended.

Visit Schools

If you're debating about whether or not you can "see" yourself on a college's campus, the best solution is to go to that school, as a visitor. Guided tours for prospective students can be easily scheduled at colleges and a great way to get a glimpse at the school. While you won't get to experience classes or dorm life, you will get a sense of operations and things the school values as you take your tour. If there's anything especially important for you to know during this time, you can direct questions to your tour guide.

Additional Schooling

Some career fields can be embarked upon with a bachelor's degree but others require more. If you're looking to work as a doctor or lawyer, for instance, you're going to need to attend medical or law school. Should you not want additional schooling past the four years as an undergraduate, you might want to choose a different degree.

Choosing a degree and a college is not a decision to make lightly. High school students constantly have this decision looming over them. In order for them to make the right decision, it is crucial that they realize their options and receive as much information as possible.
Posted By: Rachelle Wilber
Wednesday, October 4th 2017 at 10:58AM
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