Leading up to the months of decision day in making the choice that involves the next steps of your future. Students must make that move to finalize if and where they are going to go to college. When making the decision, there are a few questions and things to consider — What field would I like to study to pursue a career? Am I capable of learning in a large or small environment? Do I have scholarships lined up or will I have to depend on financial aid? Also, would I like to study in-state or out-of-state?

At this point as you receive acceptance letters, you should begin scheduling campus visit (only take this step, if you have not already visited, spoken with a representative and declared your chosen institution). Campus visits are when you begin to inspect the artifacts in the choice of a college and answering the questions that you may have. The tour will have you thinking if the campus provides the necessary demands you may need – including the best academic and social environment for you for the duration of your collegiate career.

However, the visit should also note which college or university provides the best opportunities for your set goals and field of study. From here, you should continue to seek more research and include your input in ranking the colleges in a list from lowest to highest tuition, location, campus readiness, graduation rate, as well as your feelings about the school’s academic and social environment atmosphere based on your visit.

Pay attention to how the college tour is well organized. Did the representative or recruiter show you everything you need to know? When you are on a visit to campus, make sure to see the following:

  • Campus
  • Student Union
  • Dormitory
  • Dining Services
  • Academic Buildings

Also inquire if it is possible to speak with a dean or representative from your field, take advantage of that opportunity and ask as many questions as possible that may have a concern about involving your choice of study.

All aspect of the tour is needed to know if the college or university is the exact choice. In hopes to possibly see how the dormitory and it’s rooms looks is a plus especially if you are an out-of-state student. Your living and health away from home is vital to your lifestyle and learning experience. Scholarships offerings are also in the line of importance in your decision as well. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have enough money to cover all or some of your tuition. if you do not, depending on the college or university, they may take you out of your classes until you are able to provide a payment.

Choosing a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) is an excellent choice because not only is there money assistance out there for students who pursues their education at those institutions, but HBCUs are the backbone of higher learning. HBCU is known for education, nurturing, and being the most supportive of students that attend their institutions. At an HBCU, your learning abilities are never unrecognized in your desired major field. HBCU’s offer all source of support for you preparing for your career such as tutoring support, TRIO, career services, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) support, as well as industrial and value support.

Though, HBCU’s are faced with challenges in educating minority and low-income students who are unprepared for higher education academics and come from the town in which the HBCU is located or from neighboring areas. HBCU’s do produce six times as many African-American graduates according to a source.

Moreover, when it comes to your decision-making time, consider taking the all of the artifacts to inspecting the college so that you can successfully complete your four years with a degree from your desired field. It’s more than exciting to see young adults who commit their life in completing an achievement and graduate cheerfully saying “I did it!”. Especially from a college that you were proud to say that you attended. Your college decision is the most vital step that you can make following secondary education. Make the best out of it, and I wish you the best of luck!

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