COLLEGE Choosing a To find a college that’s going to be a good fit for you, go through the following three steps: STEP 1. Determine your criteria The first step in choosing a college is to determine what’s important to you. Take time to consider each of the following: type of college size majors offered location cost admissions requirements STEP 2. Do an online search Once you’ve figured out what you’re looking for in a college, do an online search for the colleges that meet your criteria. STEP 3. Investigate colleges of interest Create a list of the colleges you want to consider, gather information, make college visits, and narrow your list of choices.