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Having a difficult time deciding which college to attend and degree to get?

You’re not alone.

According to the Education Department’s National Center for Education, nearly 33% of students pursuing their Bachelor’s Degree changed their major within the first 3 years. That means nearly ⅓ of students are unsure of what they want to major in, even once they’ve enrolled in school!

While choosing a major is a highly personal decision that may change over time due to exposure to different fields and interests, doing so won’t be as shocking to your system providing you’re at the right school to begin with.

The question is, how do you pick a college that’s certain to set you up for success?

Consider these five factors:

LOCATION

Choose a campus that is located in a city that not only satisfies your social needs, but aligns with your academic interests (ex: Silicon Valley for Technology, NYC for theater, DC for international relations, etc…). Doing so will help you find various volunteer and internship opportunities that will grant you the experience you need in the field you enjoy.

HOUSING

While made to appear glamorous and fun on the big screen, the dorm life isn’t for everybody. If you are not comfortable sharing a room or bathroom, you may want to consider a university that has affordable apartment rentals nearby. Even if your living arrangements are small (you can always rent a storage unit to keep larger belongings), you may be much happier in a space all your own, regardless of how tiny it is.

ACTIVITIES

Finding a campus that has activities you would be interested in is an important part of the college experience. It is especially important to check out various groups that are available to help you grow as an individual by challenging your worldview. After all, expanding your knowledge and awareness is what college is all about!  

DISTANCE

Depending on which university you select, figuring out how you are going to move to and from your residence each year can be a challenge. Most students choose to rent a self-storage unit nearby, splitting the cost and space with a few friends so that they can keep necessary items close instead of lugging them back and forth each semester.


“A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.” -Dan Rather

Wishing you all the best in your college career!

Go get ‘em!