How To Know Which College To Choose

Let’s face it, the college search process is one of the more stressful moments in our lives. You’ve visited college after college, and now you’ve received your acceptance letters. As we get closer and closer to Decision Day on May 1st, it seems that it gets harder and harder to realize which college you want to spend the next four years of your life at. Senior year of high school is tough, but hopefully these tips will help your college search process.


Initially for some they just know right when they step onto campus. They feel it in their gut and can just tell that they just stepped onto where their best four years will be. But for others, that feeling can be felt at multiple schools or it might not even happen at all. If this person is you, fear not, many schools, like Marist, offer Shadow Day programs where you can live a day like a student in college. You’ll even attend a class and eat the dining hall food like a real student.

Some other factors to consider are how close or far away from home you want to live. Personally, I chose Marist because it was close enough that if there was a family emergency I can go home, but far enough where I felt a sense of independence because I was in a place entirely new to me. Location is a big factor that definitely plays a roll into where someone attends college.


Another factor that helps determine which college to attend is the population of the school. Some students want that big university setting, while others want that small school one-on-one education. Every professor at Marist knows their students name and are always willing to help their students. Hearing about the student-to-professor ratio on a tour here stuck with me and was one of the factors that made me realize I wanted to be a Red Fox!

There are so many factors to take into consideration when applying to a school, and as cheesy as it sounds, you do just have to follow your gut, only you know what is right for you and what type of education you want.

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I wish everybody luck on their plans for the future, and I cannot wait to see the incoming Red Foxes!!

About Marist College

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 384 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (8th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees. 

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