Starting Your College Search: Finding Colleges that Fit You [Video Course]

Starting your college search and finding colleges that fit you

In this video series, you’ll learn how to start your college search, finding colleges that fit you, and the basics of evaluating and comparing colleges to see which ones are right for you.

We’ll cover topics related to:

  • How to evaluate college
  • How to choose a major
  • When you should apply
  • How to understand college costs

This video course won’t cover everything there is to know about the college search, but it should give you a good place to start finding colleges that fit you and some ideas for how to proceed. Once you understand the basics and have an idea of what to look for, then you can start to try to answer more specific questions about your college search.

In the future, we’ll cover more topics related to college search, admissions, and financial aid in this series and in new videos that we produce along the way.

Where Do I Start My College Search?

Getting started can be one of the hardest parts of the college search. This video will go over the basics of how to get started and what to look for when you’re considering colleges.

How Do I Know if a College is a Good Fit?

You’ve found a college you think is good for you, but how do you really know? This video will discuss some of the factors to consider about a college to determine if it’s a good fit for you.

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How Do I Choose a College Major?

One of the keys to finding colleges that fit you is finding a college that offers a strong program for your desired major. That’s pretty tough to do if you haven’t chosen a major yet! In this video, we’ll cover what goes into making a decision on which major you choose and also what to do if you still haven’t chosen one (hint: you’re not alone!)

Why Do Private Colleges Appear to be So Much More Expensive than Public?

As you start to dig into different college options, you’ll probably notice one thing very quickly: Private colleges almost always have a published cost that is much higher than public colleges and universities–sometimes as high as 5 times the price. Why is that? And what does it mean for you as a student? This video will explain the discrepancy and why the price difference may not mean as much as you think it does.

How Do Other Students Afford Very Expensive Colleges?

Some colleges have a published cost of $50,000 or even $60,000 per year. This amount can seem unreasonable–how on Earth do people afford to pay that price?! Are these students all only from wealthy families? In this video we will dispel some myths about the cost of college and explain how many of the nation’s most-expensive colleges can actually be affordable for many students.

Can I Get Financial Aid?

This video covers the various types of financial aid that exist and how students may qualify to receive funds to help them pay for college.

Should I Apply Early Action?

Ready to apply? Now you have to answer the next big question: When? This video discusses the prospect of applying to a college early action, factors to consider in making the decision, and the benefits and drawbacks of doing so.

Should I Apply Early Decision?

Much like the early action video, this one will discuss the idea of applying early decision. Including how it will impact your admissions odds, when you should apply ED, and when it might not be a good idea.

Have another question about finding the right college that we didn’t answer? Email us at [email protected].


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