Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3412 Part III Choosing a College Knowing what’s important to you will help you find a college that’s a good fit. Things to Consider When looking for colleges that will be a good match for you, consider the following: Size – Do you want to go to a large college with lots of majors and activities, or to a small college with fewer students and smaller classes? Location – Where do you want to go to college? Close to home? In your home state? Out of state? Near a big city? Close to nature? Academic Programs /Other Criteria – Is there a specific subject you want to study? If so, you need to find the colleges that offer that major. Are there other things that are important to you, such as a study abroad program, campus diversity, or a specific sport? Cost – How important is cost to you? In order to save money, many students choose to go to a public college in their home state, or they start at a com- munity college. Remember, financial aid often makes it possible for students to attend colleges that would otherwise be too expensive. Admissions Requirements – Which colleges seem to be a good academic fit for you? Look for colleges that accept students with academic records (grades, test scores) similar to yours. Do a College Search Once you have determined what you’re looking for in a college, search for the colleges that meet your criteria. Guidance offices, bookstores, and libraries have a variety of resources, and there’s a wealth of infor- mation online. To do an online search for the colleges that meet your criteria, go to bigfuture.collegeboard.org.