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How to choose between colleges

So you sent out your college applications and finally have acceptance letters in hand—congratulations! This is an exciting (and maybe a little anxious) time for any student. Where you decide to enroll has a significant impact on your quality of life both in the near-term and for years to come. It’s important to make this decision with a balance of emotion and practical considerations.

Tips for choosing between colleges

If you're fortunate enough to have multiple college acceptances, consider these things to help you make your decision:

  • Compare the financial aid packages. A school that’ll help you get to graduation with little to no debt could be more appealing than one with a less generous offer.
  • Consider the experience. If you’ve had the opportunity to spend time on campus at these schools, you might have an impression about where you’d prefer to be. Trust your instincts.
  • It’s not all about money. The education, connections, and opportunities you’ll get are also key.

Ultimately, choose the school you’re most likely to be happiest with—both in school and afterward as you get established.

Be mindful of key dates and other steps after you accept a college offer

No matter which college you end up choosing, pay close attention to when these important events and deadlines are scheduled:

  • Acceptance deadlines
  • Housing applications
  • Tuition deposits
  • Health screening and medical information submission
  • Orientation signup

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This information is general in nature and provided for educational purposes only.

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