You've been accepted to several schools. The next step is deciding which to attend. Use these tips and suggestions to help you make the final decision.
Compare Support Programs
- Make a list of the supports and accommodations that are essential for your success. Decide which school provides you with the best set of services.
- Contact the support faculty at your top two or three schools. Evaluate your ability to develop a positive working relationship with the support staff.
- Talk to students at the schools who currently access the support.
Compare Financial Aid Packages
- Examine the award packages that you were given from each school.
- Talk to your parents to discuss which is the best package for your family.
Tap into Landmark Alumni
- Contact Landmark alumni who have attended schools on your list and ask about their transition.
- If you need help contacting alumni, ask the Guidance Office to facilitate this process for you.
Attend Accepted Student Days
- Select your top two or three school and attend accepted students events.
- Visit classes and talk with students.
- Try to explore the school “off the beaten path.”
- Pay attention to the life of the campus…read posters and announcements, go to sporting events, visit on a weekend to get a sense of campus life.
- Stay overnight and visit classes if at all possible.
Examine Major and Requirements
- Spend some time getting a detailed look at the requirements for your intended major.
- Is there a need to seek a foreign language waiver or substitution? Begin that discussion now. (This may not be possible for all majors so find that out prior to enrolling!)
- Compare courses and opportunities for internships.
- Compare career placement statistics.
Consider Family and Extra-Curricular Options
- Think about how frequently you will be able to travel home.
- Compare the ease of travel to each of the various campus (how close to airports, train stations, etc.).
- Compare the extra-curricular opportunities at each school.
Seek Input from Teachers
- While teachers and parents can’t make the decision for you, it is wise to sit with them to seek their opinion.
- Your academic advisers, tutor, and other teachers can give you some good points to consider as you evaluate your options.
Trust Your Gut
- If you visit a school and “something” does not feel right…trust that instinct.
Make a Pro/Con List
- It helps to put your thoughts in writing.
- Your guidance counselor will help you with this process as well.