dcsimg
You are here:

Picking a Colleges Amongst the Thousands

There are so many colleges to choose from: how can you possibly figure out which one is the best for you? It's a task that can be daunting at best, paralyzing at worst. But not to worry: this week, the college expert Douglas Bennett from Kaplan graced the pages of Newsweek to shed some insight on picking out the right college to suit your needs.

It's really a lot more simple than the college application frenzy makes it out to be: rather than stressing about acceptance and putting all of your eggs in the big name Ivy League basket, Bennett urges prospective students to first stand back, take a deep breath, and take a good look at who they want to be in college. "Simply put," he says, "you are the one who is going to educate yourself. You are the one who is going to have to do the reading, complete the labs, write the papers, and take the tests. A college won't and can't educate you. It can only provide a setting for you to educate yourself. Will you choose to work hard? Will you choose to take initiative? Will you choose to be responsible? Will you choose to act with integrity? Will you choose to feel affirmed by your successes and to learn from your failures?" If you can say yes to all of these questions, according to Bennett the college stress should melt away, as options open up at the fact that you should do well anywhere.

After that, things get a lot easier. By breaking down criteria into easy-to-focus-on chunks, a clearer picture should form. Are you more interested in a two-year vocational school, or a four-year bachelor degree? Of the colleges you are considering, which ones capture your attention the most? Which ones reflect your style, both learning and personal, and make you feel at home? Which college has a student-to-professor ratio and level of communication that you find the most comfortable? Which college has a realistic price range that falls within your acceptable budget? (And when it comes to this one do your homework because, according to Bennett, it can be tricky: "Some colleges have lower published (or "sticker") prices but, once you enroll there, turn out to have additional fees and costs. And there may not be much financial aid available. Other colleges have very high, even scary, sticker prices, but also provide a great deal of financial aid so that the actual cost of attendance is much lower.") Of course, making sure the college of your choice is a fully accredited school is vital.

But the most important thing to take away from the article is this -- as long as you are determined and studious, you can likely succeed just about anywhere. But the best chance you have might not necessarily be at the most "well-known" of colleges, but at the college that is a best reflection of you, and all that you can be.

Search Schools

      
Matching School Ads
  • Full Sail University - Online

    Push Your Creativity To The Next Level

    Programs

    • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
    • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
    • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Full Sail University - Online Request Info »
  • George Washington University

    At the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, we prepare progressive leaders across disciplines to meet the challenge of developing and delivering health care to diverse populations. Our flexible, online programs are designed to advance the careers of health professionals in the areas of Clinical Research Administration, Health Care Quality and Regulatory Affairs.

    Programs

    • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design
    • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration
    • Graduate Certificate in E-Learning
    • More...

    Location: Online

    George Washington University Request Info »
  • Boston University - MSW

    Founded in 1839, Boston University is one of America’s largest and most respected private research universities. It offers a unique combination of academic excellence and social relevance for its more than 32,000 students from 135 different countries.

    Programs

    • Master of Social Work - Macro
    • Master of Social Work - Clinical
    • Master of Social Work

    Location: Online

    Boston University - MSW Request Info »
  • Platt College

    Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

    Programs

    • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Veterinary Technology - Associates

    Location: Online

    Platt College Request Info »
  • Liberty University

    100% Online & No Standardized Testing

    Programs

    • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
    • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
    • M.Div: Homiletics
    • More...
    Location:
    Lynchburg: 1971 University Blvd,, Lynchburg VA 24515
    Liberty University Request Info »
  • South University, Online Programs

    As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

    Programs

    • Nurse Educator (PGC)
    • Healthcare Administration (AMBA)
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • More...
    Location:
    Savannah: 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah GA 31406
    South University, Online Programs Request Info »
  • Columbia International University

    For nearly a century, Columbia International University has educated people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. 

    Programs

    • Bachelor of Science in Business
    • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
    • Associate of Arts in Business
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Columbia International University Request Info »
  • Capella University

    About Capella University

    Programs

    • DHS - Advanced Program Evaluation & Data Analytics
    • MS - Addiction Studies
    • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Capella University Request Info »
  • Ashford University

    Technology changes everything®

    You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you

    Programs

    • AA/Early Childhood Education
    • BA/Early Childhood Education Administration
    • BA/Education Studies
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Ashford University Request Info »
  • Norwich University - Online

    Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.

    Programs

    • Master of Public Administration Online
    • Master of Arts in International Relations Online
    • Master of Civil Engineering Online
    • More...
    Location:
    Northfield: 158 Harmon Dr,, Northfield VT 05663
    Norwich University - Online Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.