Choosing the Right MN School
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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