Getting a college degree opens up more options and earning potential for you. All of the options can make it difficult to choose which degree and which college to attend. Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing the best college or university for you:
What type of career are your interested in? There will be a lot of opinions about your future from your family, friends and teachers. The people around you care about you and want to help you. However, the most important opinion is your own. What type of job or industry excites you the most? If you are not quite sure, seek guidance from a career counselor. They can ask and answer questions to explore your likes and options.
Does the college have the right college degree program? Now that you have determined what type of college degree, you will research colleges to see if they have a strong program related to the degree you are seeking. Find out more about the faculty teaching the classes. Many colleges have good overviews on their websites, but they also offer free degree information.
Do you want to attend a campus-based college? Is the best college that will fulfill your academic goals a campus-based college? In addition to academic attributes, there are some things that need to be considered about choosing this type of college: location, campus safety, housing, parking, transportation, social groups, student facilities including gym, study areas, restaurants/dining halls and other campus characteristics important to you.
Do you want to attend an online school? The fastest growing college degree option is an online school. If you work full-time, are a full-time mom, in the military, or don’t have convenient campus-based colleges near you, then an online college could fulfill your needs. You’ll want to evaluate an online school with the same rigor as a campus-based school. You will be investing hard-earned money and a lot of time, so make sure the online school will meet your academic and career goals
Does the college have a high rate of placing people in careers related to their degree? It is important to know before attending college what career placement support the college provides. Also, what is the graduation and placement rate? If you are planning to stay in the same area, are their enough employers in the area actively recruiting at the college or university for the degree you are interested in?
Research all Online or Campus Based Degrees: