The feeling of reading that acceptance email is incredible. After all those years of hard work, you finally got into college! But maybe you've been accepted to a couple of colleges and you're struggling to choose which one you think will be the best fit for you.
We know that making the decision where to go to college is HUGE. That’s why we want to encourage you to chat with your parents sooner rather than later about these five important topics.
1. Location, location, location
Geographical location is a major factor to consider when choosing your school. Keep in mind that there is no universal location that is perfect for everyone. For example, a college in a large city might be attractive to some but completely overwhelming to others.
Marymount’s close proximity to D.C. gives you the best of both worlds. By attending school in Arlington, VA, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of the big city feel and a small school community.
Looking to learn more about the advantages to attending a school in the D.C. area? Check out the blog posts below!
- Goin' to the Big City: 7 Easy Ways to Gear Up for College in DC
- You Should Choose a College Near DC - Here's Why
2. Campus and class size
If you are a student that prefers personal attention from professors and a more intimate educational experience, class size can be an important component to consider. Most schools post their student-to-teacher ratio and average class sizes on their websites, so do some research before making your decision!
Marymount is dedicated to a student-centered approach to learning, and we're committed to keeping our class sizes small so that our students can get one-on-one attention from faculty members.
If you're interested in reading more about the advantages of attending a small school, check out the blog posts below!
- Perks You Should Know About Going to a Small College
- Student Perspective: 5 Reasons You Should Consider Going to a Small School
3. Financing a college education
Financing a college education can be stressful — we get it.
If you need some help paying for school (and lots of people do!), you should take into account the financial aid opportunities at each of the schools you’re considering. Part-time university jobs as well as scholarships and grants, such as the FAFSA, are great ways to offset some of the costs of attending college.
Want more info on financing a college education? Check out these blog posts!
- 14 Tips for Completing Fantastic Scholarship Applications
- Save, Earn, Thrift: 4 Minor Ways to Save Major Money in College
4. Undergraduate program options
Did you know almost a third of all students change their major within their first three years of college? If you choose a school based on the strength of one specific program and decide to change majors after a semester or two, you may have accidentally handicapped yourself.
Schools like Marymount University — that offer a broad range of majors — are advantageous to everyone, especially for students who are unsure of their future career path.
Concerned about choosing a college major? Check out the blog posts below!
- 4 Reasons NOT to Rush Into Choosing a College Major
- Versatility Matters: 8 Majors for Students Unsure of Their Future Career
5. The weight of legacy
Your parents, your grandparents, and your great-grandparents may have all gone to the same college, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right school for you. You should take into account a school’s strengths and weaknesses, its location, size, costs, and diversity. That’s not to say your legacy school isn’t a good fit for you, but legacy shouldn’t be the most important factor when considering your options.
Read the blogs below for a closer look at Marymount's dedication to interdisciplinary learning and diversity of thought and experience!
- 8 Ways a Liberal Arts Education Will Benefit Your Future - Professionally and Personally
- Why Diversity is so Important to the Marymount Experience
Are you ready to learn with purpose?
As a college grounded in the liberal arts, Marymount University prides itself on providing an undergraduate education that is applicable to the workplace. Marymount is dedicated to student-centered learning and to the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual development of each individual. And if you aren't sure yet what field of study you want to pursue, Marymount is happy to be the college where you eventually figure that out!