So if there is anyone who can offer solid advice on how to weigh your options when considering multiple college acceptances, it would probably be her.
You applied to eight schools early, and you were admitted at six of them. I hope all those acceptances are nonbinding.
Yes, they are. Sometimes it's more competitive applying early, but I wanted to feel like I had already applied to some schools and had some options.
Do you have a first choice at this point?
No. I don't really want to have a first choice until I know where I've gotten in and what I can afford financially. I don't want to get my hopes up for a school and end up not being able to go there. I'm just trying to give myself as many options as possible and then see which one is the best fit for me after I get in.
So, how will you make your decision?
Money is certainly an issue. The first thing I really need to make sure of is price. I'm waiting until my parents tell me I can go to a school before I can even consider it.
Does that mean your parents already gave you the OK for the 15 schools you applied to?
No. We want to see what kind of financial aid I get, especially for the more expensive schools. I've gotten a few financial aid packages so far from some of the schools I applied early to.
Why did you choose the schools that you did?
I applied to city schools such as
I'm also looking at the academic programs at each school. I'm more interested in liberal arts and humanities. I'm not really a math person.
Thirdly, I'm going to look hard at club sports and athletic facilities on campus. Right now I'm on the soccer team, and I'm captain of the lacrosse team. So I'd probably want to stay active in those sports.
What advice would you give to other students who might be having a hard time deciding where to go?
Definitely visit the school. When I visited
I would also recommend that you think about what you like about high school. I keep thinking about how I can bring that into my college experience and what I would want to change. But try to combine that with new opportunities to explore, of course.
So a second visit is critical, especially with an acceptance letter in hand?
Definitely. I visited
If students are on the fence, what is one element they should not base their decisions on?
As a freshman and sophomore in high school, I remember everyone emphasizing that you need to do well in school to get into a "good" college. But I think that there's so many colleges out there that people don't think about. Ranking is obviously important, but at the same time I think there's so many other aspects of the college experience. You need to find a college that really fits you, not a college that's high on a list. It has to be high on your list, rather than on somebody else's.
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