Key First Steps for the College Selection Journey


Before digging in to all of the campus characteristics to consider, let’s first go through some ways you might come by this information. Here are some tips to get you started in your search.

Start the Conversation. Talk to a college counselor at your high school, mentors, friends, older siblings, parents, and/or family friends about finding your best college fit. If they’ve attended college themselves, they can tell you about their personal experiences and can also be very valuable resources. This is where good listening skills really come in handy!

Do Your Homework. Research college guidebooks and college sites. Follow schools you’re interested in on social media. Subscribe to their online newsletter if they have one. All of these things can help you stay up to date with schools and assist in your decision about what school fits you the best.

Complete our The Right Fit Worksheet.

Ask Questions. A good way to get a lot of information on a school is to ask questions. Check out this handy pocket guide from Indiana University that offers questions to ask tour guides, admissions officers, faculty and current students.

Network. Ask your high school guidance counselor to introduce you to alumni who are current students at colleges that interest you.

For more information on the importance of “right fit” in your college selection process, check out this resource from Challenge Success.

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