It’s the time of year when college acceptances start to roll in! Proud parents are all over social media sharing not only where their students are being accepted, but where they are choosing to take their talents. (Check out that NBA phrasing.)
Before you make the decision and send in your deposit and orientation fee (usually around May 1), let me give you some pointers. Tassel to Tassel is all about being college read. However, as you decide about your choice for the next 4 years, make sure your college is ready for you. Here are a few things to consider and stats to check as you make your decision:
Graduation statistics not only for the university, but for your department and major
Student : teacher ratio in your department (esp. for freshman courses like math and chemistry)
Licensure/Employment percentages for graduates in your chosen profession
The value of your degree (and perhaps starting salaries after graduation)
Average student debt at graduation
Having this knowledge isn’t suggested to change your mind about where you want to attend college, but to be informed about what you’re dealing with and what you may need to do as you move through school. This may be particularly important for you if you’re part of a special population (minority students on majority campus, veterans, first generation, etc.). My goal is for you to know what common challenges students in your position often face so you can be prepared with the resources you need to stay ahead of the curve.
Once you select a school and agree to enroll, there are others things for you to do. Your chosen institution will begin to communicate with you using your school email and there will be a lot of things for you to keep track of. To stay on top of your business, here are three things to do:
Check your school email daily. Important action items and deadlines will be in the communication.
Use the student portal to do things like check your housing, meal plan, account, financial aid, etc.
As you work through your new role as college student – doesn’t that sound good – get guidance from your parents. They are there to coach and help you, but taking care of your business is your responsibility, first. Learning to navigate your experience now is good practice for your freshman year.
Okay, let’s get #CollegeReady!