- Consider all three of these types of schools realistically, ensuring that your applications won’t just fall into one category. It helps in the evaluation process of what your “one just right” school is.
- GPA and SAT scores are two ways to evaluate your personal categories, but remember to also examine requirements and expectations for coursework, extra-curricular involvement, leadership, etc.
- Looking at a school’s freshman class profile is one helpful way to discern fit! Where are the students from? How did they rank in comparison to their graduating classes? How many were national merit scholars? What were they involved in? See an example here.
- You will be aided in the search as you gather the results of self-assessment and an awareness of the above factors. If you can discern what TYPE fits you best, you will be able to more effectively utilize ranking lists, college reviews, and be equipped with more pointed questions for any Q&As, interviews, etc.
- Ask questions like: How do I learn best? What type of learning environment do I like? What types of classes do I want to take in college?
Community/Junior Colleges • offer associates degrees or certificates • typically provide “general education” courses that can be transferred to a 4-year institution • have occupational/vocational programs • often are transfer-focused