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Which College Offer to Choose?

Facing multiple tantalizing college offers, how does a teen decide which college offer of admission to accept? Hopefully, with the assistance of family members, the soon-to-be high school graduate is weighing the pros and cons of each offer and not letting emotion decide.
 
Let the prospective student (and family) beware. Colleges are part of the marketplace trying to attract the best student consumers. Notice that colleges and universities, like car dealers, produce slick brochures and exciting websites, host fun events and provide personable admissions counselors to promote their services, prestige and general coolness.
 
My advice is to approach the college decision as a wise consumer. Look at college offers the same as you would scrutinize a contract offer to purchase a car. Realize that price does not equal quality in education any more than it does for other products.
 
To evaluate each offer, ask the following questions:
  • Which colleges have the best campus safety report?
  • Which college offers the best academic program for the chosen major?
  • What is the student to instructor ratio?
  • Is a professional faculty advisor provided?
  • What level of mental health services are provided?
  • Is on-campus housing available to all undergraduate students?
  • What are the arrangements for overseas study?
  • What internship opportunities exist?
  • What level of health services are offered on campus?
  • Are scholarships available after the freshman year?
  • Is there a professional campus police force on campus?
  • In addition to tuition and room and board, how much will I pay in mandatory fees?
  • What college services will cost extra?
  • Is effective career placement service provided to graduating seniors?
  • How much does the cost of each college differ from the others?
  • How much non-loan scholarship or grant aid is offered?
  • Will parent borrowing be necessary in addition to student borrowing?
  • How much debt is likely at graduation from each college?
 
Best wishes in your choice this week and congratulations on all your acceptance offers!
 

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