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Picking Colleges
Location
Distance from Home…
CLOSE
Pros:
You could live at home:
Save money on room & board
Save money on food & laundry
Be close t...
Rural vs. Urban…
(pastoral & rustic vs. metropolitan city)
RURAL
Pros:
possibly cheaper
sometimes smaller intimate setting...
RURAL
Cal State Channel Islands
Cal State Chico
Cal State Monterey Bay
UC Santa Cruz
UC Merced
Examples of Rural and Urban...
Type of School
Community/Junior College vs. Four-Year
University…
COMMUNITY/JUNIOR COLLEGE
Pros:
Cheaper
Minimum of 2 years
Typically clo...
Demographics…
○ School Population
■ Class size
○ Gender Ratio
○ Ethnic Ratio
○ Student Body:
■ co-ed, female, male
Quarters vs. Semesters…
QUARTER SYSTEM
Academic school year is divided into three terms,
10 weeks each
(Fall, Winter, Spri...
Small Colleges vs. Large Colleges…
SMALL COLLEGES
Pros:
More intimate (close community)
More time with professors
More sup...
Public vs. Private…
PRIVATE
Pros:
smaller class to teacher ratio
more connections (jobs/interns)
internship/research oppor...
Other things to consider...
○ College expenses
■ cost of tuition, room, board, etc.
■ transportation costs
○ Weather
○ Doe...
Helpful Websites…
http://www.actstudent.org/college/factors.html
https://colleges.niche.com/search/
collegeboard.org
fastw...
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Meet 3 Picking Colleges

  1. 1. Picking Colleges
  2. 2. Location
  3. 3. Distance from Home… CLOSE Pros: You could live at home: Save money on room & board Save money on food & laundry Be close to family Cons: Run the risk of being distracted by family members and not being able to focus Lack of independence FAR Pros: Independence New experiences at a new setting New start Cons: Might get homesick Less space and privacy (dorm life) Have to learn how to budget money Independent (have to take care of self)
  4. 4. Rural vs. Urban… (pastoral & rustic vs. metropolitan city) RURAL Pros: possibly cheaper sometimes smaller intimate setting more united community can offer outdoor activities Cons: Limited job/internship opportunities shopping and dining can be limited Less diversity URBAN Pros: Closer to the city More diversity More social and cultural activities More job/internship opportunities Cons: More expensive More crime
  5. 5. RURAL Cal State Channel Islands Cal State Chico Cal State Monterey Bay UC Santa Cruz UC Merced Examples of Rural and Urban Campuses… URBAN Cal State Long Beach Sacramento State San Jose State University UC Los Angeles UC San Diego University of San Francisco USC
  6. 6. Type of School
  7. 7. Community/Junior College vs. Four-Year University… COMMUNITY/JUNIOR COLLEGE Pros: Cheaper Minimum of 2 years Typically close to home You can transfer to a 4 year afterwards Some careers just require an associate’s degree Cons: Lack of career mobility (associate degrees tend to be specialized for a specific career) Lower graduation rate FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY Pros: More prestigious Attain a higher paying job Career mobility (flexible with your career) Have more research, internship, job opportunities Cons: More expensive
  8. 8. Demographics… ○ School Population ■ Class size ○ Gender Ratio ○ Ethnic Ratio ○ Student Body: ■ co-ed, female, male
  9. 9. Quarters vs. Semesters… QUARTER SYSTEM Academic school year is divided into three terms, 10 weeks each (Fall, Winter, Spring) Pros: Flexible: you can take a variety of classes and can get to explore other fields Classes are shorter and more fast paced If you don’t like a class you get to finish it quicker Cons: It is too fast paced and students can feel rushed Do not have the opportunity to go too in depth in classes SEMESTER SYSTEM Academic school year is divided into two terms, 16 weeks each (Fall, Spring) Pros: Have the opportunity to go more in depth in classes Easier adjustment from transition from High School More time (understand material, juggle jobs, extracurriculars, procrastinate) Cons: Have to spend more time in classes you don’t like Don’t get to explore other fields of study
  10. 10. Small Colleges vs. Large Colleges… SMALL COLLEGES Pros: More intimate (close community) More time with professors More support/connections Cons: Fewer major options Less variety in classes LARGE COLLEGES Pros: More diverse More groups More classes offered (variety) Cons: Larger classes Must make yourself more noticeable
  11. 11. Public vs. Private… PRIVATE Pros: smaller class to teacher ratio more connections (jobs/interns) internship/research opportunities Cons: more expensive more exclusive PUBLIC Pros: less expensive (UC) research opportunities more financial aid less exclusive/more open Cons: larger classes less time with professors
  12. 12. Other things to consider... ○ College expenses ■ cost of tuition, room, board, etc. ■ transportation costs ○ Weather ○ Does the school offer a major/program you’re interested in? ■ Sororities/Fraternities ■ clubs, organizations ■ sports
  13. 13. Helpful Websites… http://www.actstudent.org/college/factors.html https://colleges.niche.com/search/ collegeboard.org fastweb.com

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