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Choosing the Best Option for You

No one school anywhere in the world is best for every student. Selecting a college or university is more about deciding what is important to YOU for your educational experience. Some students excel at large public universities, while others thrive on a small liberal arts campus. Deciding the best fit for you is a process that takes research and self-reflection.

Before comparing different institutions, think about what you are looking for in your educational experience. Consider what your “dream school” might look like:

  • athletic offerings
  • campus safety
  • campus setting (urban, suburban, small-town or rural)
  • diversity of student population
  • extracurricular organizations and events
  • faculty experience and expertise
  • financial aid availability and deadlines
  • geographic location
  • housing availability and cost
  • length, time and location of classes
  • number of students enrolled
  • programs of study, majors, and course selection
  • school facilities and equipment
  • student-to-faculty ratio (class size)
  • support services (meals, counseling, job placement)
  • transportation availability and cost
  • tuition and fees

If you’re still having trouble deciding, ask yourself:

  • Why do I want to go to college/university in the USA?
  • What do I hope to gain from my experience?
  • How will college/university help me achieve my goals?
  • Do I have family obligations at home that I need to consider?
  • When is the best time for me to begin my studies?
  • Does it matter how many international students are enrolled with me?
  • How will I react to students who have diverse ideas, viewpoints and backgrounds?
  • Would you consider a single-gender institution (all male or all female)?
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