Choosing Your College … and Degree!

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  • Few decisions in your life will be more important than where you choose to go to college. As you are most likely already aware, the college that you earn your degree from will help to determine what jobs you will be able to get later in life. The more prestigious a college that you graduate from, the more doors will be open to you once you finally hit the job market. If you go to a college that is non-accredited or is not highly ranked, you may be disappointed to find out that the time and the money you spent to attend the school have been wasted. Here is how to choose a college that will benefit you.

    1. What do you want to major in?

    As shocking as it may sound, many students do not decide what their major is going to be until they have already enrolled in college. This is a huge mistake. Unfortunately, many students end up paying the price for putting off their decision. You need to figure out what you will be majoring in long before you start applying to colleges. This is because some schools are much better in certain areas than others. For example, you need to make sure you apply to schools with excellent engineering programs if your goal is to get an engineering degree. It would be foolish for you to enroll in a college with an engineering program that is not highly regarded. Make sure that the college you choose has an excellent degree program in the field you want to major in. If you are interested in earning a medical assistant certificate, consider Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology.

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    2. How much will it cost?

    The cost of college tuition is a factor that often determines what college a person will attend. Obviously, this is something that needs to be looked at before you can make your final determination. You need to find out if you qualify for any financial aid. If you come from a low income household, you would be wise to explore all of the opportunities to receive financial aid from your state or the federal government. Set up a meeting with the financial aid office to see what you qualify for. You might very well be able to save thousands of dollars on your college tuition. If you were an excellent student, you might also qualify for scholarships or grants.

    3. Should you go to school online?

    The Internet has created many opportunities for people to do various things from their home. One of these is to attend college classes online. Some people feel they can learn better in an actual classroom environment where they are surrounded by other students. Other people love the freedom of being able to relax and attend their classes from the comfort of their home. They do not need to live in a dorm or battle rush hour traffic to get to class on time. Online classes are especially convenient for people who work full-time. Mothers who need to watch young children would find it difficult to attend normal college classes. However, they can stay at home and attend class while also watching their children. It is really just a matter of personal preference.

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