Things to Consider When Choosing a College
Choosing the right college is not only a personal choice, it also one of the biggest decisions you will ever
make. Choosing the right college can either make or break your future prospects. Needless to say, this
is not a decision that you can afford to take lightly and without carefully weighing all the factors. The
following list contains some of the most important factors you should keep in mind while making this
Accreditation: Online or traditional on-campus, accreditation is probably the most important factor to
keep in mind while choosing a college, and yet one which is not talked about enough. Accreditation
is a voluntary review of the educational programs offered by colleges and universities. This review is
conducted by a neutral accrediting organization that evaluates the college and decides whether it meets
the pre-determined standards of quality education. Students and employers trust colleges that are
accredited by reputed accrediting bodies since they have received recognition for providing education
which meets the standards. For example, Stevens Henager College which has campuses across Idaho &
Utah is accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges). Healthcare
programs offered by Stevens Henager College have been accredited by reputed and specialized
accrediting bodies. With these accreditations the college is trusted amongst employers and students
equally. You can find detailed information about Stevens Henager College’s accreditation on their
College Tuition& Financial Aid: When speaking of tuition, you should find out about:
● Required forms and deadlines
● The percentage of students who receive financial aid.
● Scholarship programs
If your college has the right accreditation, you could be eligible for federal or state funds. You should
speak to college counselors and find out what kind of financial aid you might be eligible for. Also, try and
find out the percentage of student population receiving financial aid.
Student-teacher ratio and student intake per course: While you research possible college choices,
you should try and find out what the current student-teacher ratio is and what the general student intake
per course is. This is important because a lesser student-teacher ratio and student intake would imply
more attention from the teachers.
Academic Assistance: The quality of the education you receive not only depends upon your faculty, but
also on the academic support, in the form of libraries, tutoring, guidance counseling etc, provided to the
students. The more support made available, the better.
College Environment: This deserves a mention because students forget that a college is not just a
place for intellectual growth and development; it is also a place for personal development and social
networking. It is imperative for you to be actively involved with the goings-on on campus. Speak to current
students and alumni and find out about study groups or activity groups at college.
Academic Focus: Most colleges in the United States have multiple areas of academic focus; which
means that they offer a wide variety of courses. These are well-rounded programs and preferred by most
because of the diversified interests of the students.