Making a college choice is a big deal Ė not that you donít know that already. Nobody can give you the right or wrong answers; itís up to you to make the final decision, after loads of research and deliberation.

What others can do however, is suggest what you should consider in making your college decision. Youíve likely found that people enjoy doing thisÖa lot. Perhaps more than youíve bargained or solicited for. True, they are just trying to help. Also true, it can become pretty darn irritating.

Sometimes, amidst all of the advice, as great as the intentions are, you need to remember what not to consider in making your college decisions. Itís an aspect thatís often ignoring but, honestly, just as important as its counterpart.

These aspects are areas students tend to focus on and rule out a college just because of a single aspect when the aspect often can be resolved or in the scheme of things is not as important as it seems. Read on Ė youíll gain a better understanding of what we mean in the descriptions below.

The following are some suggestions of aspects you should NOT rule out colleges solely for when making a college decision:

1. It seems too costly.

This being on the list may seem a big silly but, when financial aid and scholarship awards are taken into account, itís really not that outlandish at all. You arenít able to tell the actual price you will be paying for attendance at a school until your financial aid packages, scholarship awards and merit scholarships come in.

Additionally, it never hurts to negotiate your tuition price with the schoolís financial aid office Ė a route that students rarely take but can actually work!

2. It isnít as prestigious as I wanted.

Maybe youíve always wanted the impressive Ivy, but choosing a school just because of its reputation doesnít necessarily mean itís the right school for you. Do you know anything about its programs, specifically? Does it offer the types of classes youíre looking to take?

Do a little research beyond the name to make sure that itís a fit for you, rather than just bragging rights. That hardly seems like the right reason to commit the next four years of your life to an institution.

3. My parents really want me to go somewhere else.

The pressure parents can put on their student to go to their alma mater or dream school is unfair. You need to sit down and have a talk with them, acknowledging that youíve considered their option and, while it is a great option, itís not where you feel you belong.

This next chapter is yours, not theirs and itís not fair that theyíre asking you to sacrifice your happiness.

Most likely, they will be happy you were honest and forthright and will support your decision. Often times, parents donít realize how much pressure they are putting on students in the first place, thinking they are on the same page as the student. As long as youíre honest, they will likely respond positively.

4. All of my friends are going to a different school.



While it can be intimidating to go to a school without your friends, itís exactly what college is all about Ė branching out and making new connections!

It just may be the greatest thing thatís ever happened to you. It will be easy to make new friends, with all of the entering freshman activities and, trust us, there will be plenty of students in the exact situation youíll be in.

Bonus: youíll have plenty of friends at another school you and your new friends can go visit.

5. The person Iím in a relationship with is going elsewhere.

Itís up to you and your significant other if youíre going to maintain a long-distance relationship while in college. However, both of you need to think of yourselves first. Youíre adults now and, if youíre going to be in an adult relationship, thatís what mature adults do.

Your futures are what you two should be focusing on and going to the right college will facilitate the most successful future for each of you, as individuals.

Respect each otherís wishes to attend the separate schools of your dreams and work it out from there. That way, you wonít have any regrets when looking back.

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