Imagine the Possibilities
There’s more to college than what you see on TV.Do you ever feel like all movies and TV shows about college life are always the same? You know the plot: A group of recent high school grads are dropped off on this huge campus by their parents. They all live in dorms with wacky roommates and attend classes taught by nerdy professors. On the weekends, they go to football games and toga parties. We’re here to tell you the truth: In real life, college is completely different. But in a good way. For one, you have options. Lots of options. You don’t have to attend a giant university. You don’t have to live on campus. And when it comes to the weekends, there’s way more to do than football games and toga parties. Here are the four types of schools you can attend in Florida, plus tips from students on why each type was the best choice for them.
BUILD A COLLEGE LIST Building a college list is the first step of the application process. Before you can map out deadlines, await acceptance offers and evaluate financial aid offers, you’ll have to decide which colleges and universities you’d be interested in attending. Tips for building a college list. Source: Cooke Foundation
Make it Possible Choosing the college, university or career center that’s right for you will help you shine. FloridaShines.org
Let’s Go to the Fair!
Attending college and school fairs is a great way to learn about all your options. Talk to your school counselor about college fairs at your school and in the community. The National Association for College Admission Counseling also offers free college fairs in larger cities like Tampa and Orlando. To learn more, visit nacacfairs.org.
What’s college life like? What majors are popular on campus? Chatting with representatives from a variety of colleges can help you cement your own preferences.
Pick up brochures and other materials about the schools that interest you. Ask admission reps to scan your barcode — an easy way to help colleges follow up with you after the fair.
Need help deciding?
Not sure which type of school is best for you? Consider these factors:
What do you want to be when you grow up? We’ve got tips to help you answer this important question
How important are extracurricular opportunities to you? Some schools offer a lot of ways for students to get involved on campus. Others don’t.
What’s the ideal class size for you? Do you want to attend classes with hundreds of other students? Or do smaller classes sound more appealing?