Choosing a College When choosing a college, consider each of 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 a more personal atmosphere? Academic Programs While most colleges have popular majors such as business, not every college has every major. If there’s a specific subject you want to study, you need to find the colleges that offer that major. Location Do you want to go to college close to home? In your home state? Near a big city? In the midwest? Admissions Requirements Look for colleges that accept students with grades and test scores similar to yours. Cost If cost is a concern, keep the following in mind: u Public colleges (in-state) are generally less expensive than private colleges. u You can save money by living at home and commuting, or by starting at a community college. u There is a great deal of financial aid available.