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A Teenager's Guide to Selecting a College
Posted By: Kara Masterson on October 15, 2019

Those who obtain a college degree generally have a higher earning potential compared to individuals who only have a high school diploma. Therefore, it is generally in your best interest to continue your education for another two to four years after finishing high school. However, there are many variables to consider when choosing what school to attend.

What Does Your Student Profile Look Like?

Colleges will look at both your grades and standing in the community when making admissions decisions. For example, schools may choose to only accept students that are among the top 10% in their class or have done at least 40 hours of community service during their senior years. It is worth noting that many schools require you to write an essay and pay a fee to have your application processed. Therefore, you could be wasting your time and money by applying to colleges that you don’t have a realistic chance of getting into.

Do You Want to Get Into a Top School?

If you’re looking to get into a prestigious school like Harvard or Yale, it may be worth taking
college prep high school courses. You may also want to take advanced math, English or history classes to show off your academic capabilities. Prep courses can get you ready for the SAT or ACT tests that could play a role in determining whether you are admitted to a top college or university. It may also be a good idea to seek help writing a college essay or with other aspects of your application. Doing so could help to showcase your skills and potential value to a college community.

What Do You Want to Major In?

While its possible to get a job outside of the field that you majored in, you will ideally choose a program that improves your chances of finding work. To improve your chances of finding a job after college, you should attend a school that is known for its quality of instruction in a certain area. For instance, if you want to be a journalist, you should go to a school that has a strong journalism program.
There is a lot to consider when choosing where to go to college. Ideally, you will pick a school that is affordable, is relatively close to home and has the major that you want to pursue. It should also offer clubs and other social activities that will help you learn and grow as a person.
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