Why you want to choose the right college in the first place

by Grace

The pressure is on for high school seniors to choose a college by May 1.  They need to think carefully about their choices because transferring schools during your college years will likely cost you in time and money.

Nearly one in three undergraduates who begin studying at a two- or four-year college will move on to at least one other institution in pursuit of a degree. That means, for one reason or another, a large share of students end up navigating the admissions process twice (if not several times), reorienting themselves to new campuses and negotiating the transfer and acceptance of their old credits.


It can be costly

The research on these trends, while extensive, ultimately boils down to this: those who attend only one institution graduate in less time than those who attend several (and, in graduating quicker, pay tuition for fewer semesters).

Lionel Anderson gives advice to high school seniors on selecting the right college, focusing on these five factors.

  1. Affordability
  2. Size
  3. Academic Support
  4. Student Life
  5. Diversity
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3 Comments to “Why you want to choose the right college in the first place”

  1. One important consideration is that public 2-year (community) colleges are often far cheaper than 4-year colleges, so that doing 2 years in a community college plus 3 years in a 4-year college can end up cheaper than 4 years in the 4-year college.

  2. “One important consideration is that public 2-year (community) colleges are often far cheaper than 4-year colleges, so that doing 2 years in a community college plus 3 years in a 4-year college can end up cheaper than 4 years in the 4-year college.”

    Particularly if the student doesn’t know exactly what they’re interested in yet.

  3. Good points about using community college for the first two years. Given that 5 years is the new normal for college completion time, I wonder what percentage of college graduates go that route. Anecdotally, I haven’t seen many community college students go on to complete college.

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