1. What kind of person do you wish to become?
Choose a university that embraces those values and will challenge you to grow and learn personally, academically, socially and spiritually.
2. Forget your fascination with a football team.
You are selecting mentors and a formative culture, not a fan club to join. We love athletics, but they shouldn’t be the only factor influencing your college decision.
3. Do the math.
Lots of schools with high price tags wave big financial rewards under your nose while less expensive schools offer less award … but actually have a better bottom line for you. Don’t be awed by the big hook number; look at the total cost across four years.
4. Don’t make an uninformed decision.
Research the universities you’re most interested in—and go further than their websites. Seek out current students and research the school’s graduates and the people they’ve become. Social media can be a helpful tool in this process.
5. Visit the campus.
Ask God to give you wisdom while there to know if this is the next chapter of your life. Learn more about the campus community. Make sure to ask for a one-on-one meeting with a professor or student in your area of study before making your decision.