Building A College List


This is the time of year for my junior students where I start to put preliminary lists of schools together.

  • What are your interests?
  • What are the characteristics you are looking for in a college?
  • What geographic area appeals to you?
  • What kinds of students do you want to be around?
  • Are there college traditions that are important to you?

Once I have compiled an initial list, I meet with families to review and ask students to be active participants in this process. Some families make college visits part of their winter or spring travel, but I don’t think this is as important as just getting a feel for different types of schools. There are so many diverse colleges within a 2 hour drive of the peninsula, so making a weekend visit is doable and you can get a sense of different types (public/private, urban/suburban, large/small) of schools this way. I tell students to be discerning shoppers; take notes about what they see and hear and then report back to me.

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