If you’ve seen any of the student editorials or content on the College Prowler website, there’s a good chance that it’s gone through me, Megan McLachlan, one of College Prowler’s editors.
Aside from citing College Prowler as a big help, students have given me some unique responses. One student chose her school because of watching Fox’s “The OC.” Another student flipped a coin. However, I can tell you that there are five things that most students tell me, and maybe these reasons can help you or someone you know in the throes of the college application and admissions process.
5. College courtship. Many students were wooed by their college through holiday greeting cards and personal messages. Sometimes, the little things pay off. Like a determined suitor, a school can wear students down to where they suddenly realize their prince charming was right in front of them all along.
4. Academic environment. Students will sit in on a class, sometimes within their major, and like the class sizes and atmosphere. Being comfortable and interested in classes pertaining to your major is a good litmus test for a school at which you’ll be happy.
3. Personal connection. Many students will tell me that relatives or close acquaintances helped them choose their school, whether it’s a parent or a teacher. No one can know you as well as yourself, but friends and family also have a good idea of what might suit your interests and personality. Take their suggestions and check out a particular school. You may be surprised.
2. Scholarships. Naturally, a school giving away lots of scholarship money is going to sway students, as finances are a huge concern for prospies. Typically, students tell me money was the second reason why they chose the school, behind this no. 1 reason. . .
1. Campus tour. “It just felt right.” This is the phrase most often used when students talk about what it was like visiting their school for the first time. Trusting your gut is one of the best ways to determine whether you’re in the right place or not, as touring campus and getting a feel for the grounds and atmosphere are huge indicators of whether you’ll feel at home. For these reasons, campus tours seem to work for a lot of prospective students.
Hope this helps! Happy college hunting!