How will your teen know which
colleges are right for him?
The best way to start is to make a list of what he wants in a college. Then he can research—at the library, on the Internet, talking to teachers and friends—to see which ones meet the needs he has listed.
Here are some things your teen may want to put on his list:
• Place. Does he want to stay close to home or try someplace farther away?
• Size. Colleges range in size. Does he want small, large or something in-between?
• Major. No need to nail one down now, but your teen should write down some of the things he’s interested in. Not every college may offer those.
• Housing. Does he want to live at home, in a dorm or apartment?
• School life. Does it matter to him if the school has a football team? Does he want a lively social scene?
• Teaching. Colleges differ in the amount of research they expect from their professors. That in turn dictates how much time professors have to spend with students. Will he want a close relationship with a teacher, or will he be fine working on his own?
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