Disclaimer: The above video is very informative in a "tongue in cheek" sort of way. You should not take literally the parts about ignoring your parents, tatooing your face or dropping out of high school. These comments are examples of sarcastic humor and are only meant to make you laugh, chuckle, giggle, tee hee... PCD
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Sports and Activities: Most students pursue interests other than academics while they are at college. You might be considering playing a sport at the intramural or varsity level. Or you might want to get involved with the campus radio or television station. Make sure that any activity you’re passionate about is available at the colleges you’re considering.
Housing and Programs: Often, part of the college experience is living as part of a community. Consider whether you want to live on campus, and whether joining a fraternity or sorority is important to you. When considering academics, look for special programs and pick a college that offers many possibilities, such as study abroad or work-study.
Diversity: Consider what you might gain from living and learning among students with diverse backgrounds. Think about the ethnic, racial and religious diversity of the students as a means of learning more about the world. Investigate what kinds of student organizations, or other groups with ethnic or religious foundations, are active and visible on campus to get an idea of what it might be like. Another option is a single-sex college. There are colleges specifically for men and others specifically for women throughout the country. You might want to consider one of these if you feel that you would thrive in a same-sex environment.
Your Ideal Campus: What makes the campus a place you can feel at home? To help you figure it out, think about the answers to these questions: What extracurricular activities and athletics are available? Does the community around the college offer interesting outlets for students? Are students welcomed by the community? How do fraternities and sororities influence campus life? Is housing guaranteed? How are dorms assigned? What ethnic, religious, and special-interest organizations are on campus?
Admission Criteria: You should consider what the colleges you are interested in require for admission. Do you want to attend a college that accepts the majority of its applicants, or one that accepts just a small percentage? Some colleges require a minimum grade point average (GPA), while others are more flexible. Find out if the colleges that are a good fit for you require admission tests, such as the SAT®. You may also want to know if you can get advanced credit or placement for AP® and CLEP® exams.
Retention and Graduation Rates: One of the best ways to judge a college's quality and the satisfaction of its students is to find out the percentage of students who return after the first year (called the retention rate) and the percentage of entering students who stay until graduation. Good retention and graduation rates are a sign that the college has good academic, social and financial support systems for students.
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