How to Review College Websites

Posted on May 22, 2009. Filed under: college admissions, College Advice, college counseling, college search, education |

So you can’t visit all the colleges where you choose to apply – The internet is a great source to do lots of homework on the colleges. Visit any college website and it’s easy to be  drawn into the fantastic graphics, sunny weather and smiling students.  It’s also time  to  begin thinking like a marketer and put on a business cap – In addition to providing information on their schools,  appealing to students via glorious websites is an objective colleges have to lure students into applying.

One of the first things to do is read the college’s mission statement – Philosophically, one can learn a tremendous amount by this statement. Another great way to know a college is by reading the campus newspaper.  Here students are writing current stories on hot topics, posting opinions and discussing relevant issues about that college   Add on student run  campus websites as another great source – Look at campus events and of course check out the academic programs. It’s a good idea to look at any core requirements the first two years.  After all, if a college wants you to take lots of science classes and that’s not your thing – that may not be the college for you.

Take some notes while looking at websites – Keep track of things that impress you and where you see yourself as a good match for that college.  Many colleges ask students why they are a good match for their college. This is a pretty typical essay question.

Most importantly, know yourself – what are your likes and dislikes?  Strengths and weaknesses? In what kind of an environment are you most comfortable? Is this an affordable college for me? Can this college help me fulfill my career goals?

Generally admission offices will welcome your calls – You can speak with an admissions representative and counselor to get any specific questions answered. Check their websites first as many questions are answered on the colleges’ websites.

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