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How to Choose a College

How to Choose a College: Overview Consider all of the factors of the college in your decision—including how it “feels”. Don’t rule out any colleges or factors until you’ve really explored them as an option. Students often change their minds about what they think they want in a college. Find information about programs and majors, …
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College Costs: Net Price vs. Sticker Price

Graphic shows that a college's net price is calculated by subtracting gift aid - scholarships and grants - from the total stick price. College costs add up. affordability & college cost
Someone once accurately explained college pricing and financial aid with this anecdote: You live in the Northeast quadrant of the United States. The temperature outside could be displayed on one hand on any given day in January. Your little brother just dumped a quart of yellow paint on your winter coat—meaning you need to buy …
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How Do I Choose a College Major?

A small selection of potential college major -- from engineering to literature college majors & minors
Choosing a college major can be a huge part of your overall college plan. Knowing what you want to study can narrow down the college search. But with literally hundreds of majors to choose from, it can be hard to decide. The following are some things to consider when picking a major. What do you …
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How do I Choose a College?

Graphic showing the number of factors that go into choosing the right college. questions & answers
It can be intimidating to try to choose one college from nearly 3,000 options. Luckily, you can easily narrow your search by considering fit and accessibility. Consider these questions as you search for the right college for you. Is the college a good fit for you? Compare your academic profile to the previous incoming class …
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Is Lower Student Debt More Important than a Big Name School for Thriving After College?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (no subscription required) proclaims “Elite Colleges Don’t Buy Happiness for Graduates.”  The thesis of the article is that empirical data shows that a college’s reputation does not guarantee success in the workplace. Gallup surveyed more than 30,000 college graduates drawn from colleges and universities across the selectivity …
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Strategies for Determining Most Affordable Schools: The Ivy League

There are potentially many factors that go into building a portfolio of schools when considering your college application options. Academic fit, cost, geography, major field of study, extracurricular offerings and athletics are some of the top considerations.  MyCollegePrice offers an easy way to combine some of these quickly and easily as you try to winnow …
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Creating More Accurate College Net Price Estimates

If you’re a prospective college student, you may be pulling your hair out when going through the shopping process. Not just because of all of the hoops you’re made to jump through and paperwork you need to fill out — but also because of how misleading college cost estimates can be. Many estimates can be …
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The Price of State Colleges vs. Private Colleges

One of the biggest myths for high school students and their families is that state schools are always cheaper — generally a lot cheaper — than comparable smaller, private colleges. Is it true? Not really. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we created MyCollegePrice in the first place. In many cases, attending a …
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