What to Consider When Picking A College?
- Are online courses the right option for you? Online
classes offer some advantages. You can set your own
schedule—you still have to turn in assignments on time,
but as the ads say, "you can work in your pajamas." Still,
online courses have their cons too. In addition to needing
a good computer, you'll probably need high-speed
Internet, which can be costly. Also, there's little social
interaction and instructor feedback is slower than raising
your hand in class and getting an immediate answer.
Lastly, you must be disciplined and have good study
skills. Learning at home can be convenient, but it's
easy to postpone taking your courses and completing
assignments until you run out of time
- If the career you've chosen involves technical training,
you may decide to go to a technical or business school
instead of college. Keep in mind, however, that some
technical schools are almost as expensive as college.
It's also very important to check out a technical school's
credentials and job-placement success because these
schools vary widely in quality.
If you want to attend a school that's geared specifically
to the needs of American Indian students, you may wish
to consider a tribal college.
- After narrowing down your choices, call, e-mail, or write
each school for information. Or, ask your high school
guidance counselor for the information you need.
If possible, visit your top college choices and talk to
students on campus to see which school feels right for
you. To organize your thoughts and the information that
each school provides, consider using the Researching Colleges form.