Choosing the right college or university can be a daunting task. International students and US students alike can choose from a variety of schools and it is oftentimes hard to make the right selection. Below you will find some guiding principles to help you choose the right institution.
Program of Study
The first thing you will want to consider is what you want to study. Think carefully about your academic goals, and then look for a school that fits your academic criteria. If you need English language support, consider a school that has ESL support courses.
Some students prefer to study in the busy bustle of a big city. Others prefer a small town, and some prefer a blend of both. Make sure that you choose a school that is situated in a place that is most comfortable for you. You will also want to think about whether you need a school with housing on campus or off campus.
For some students, school size does not matter. For others, the size of the school can make a big difference. Schools in Georgia range in size from several hundred students to several thousand students. You will want to make sure that the school you choose is the size for you.
The cost of education in the United States is not cheap, but a wide price range does exist. Review your budget before choosing a school. Also, see if the school has financial assistance available to international students.
Activities and Campus Life
Activities and campus life on US campuses can vary greatly. If you choose a comprehensive school with on-campus housing you may find a wide range of activities available. Some of these may include sports, clubs, social events, etc. Some technical or two-year schools will also have activities and clubs to join, but because of the emphasis on vocational or technical curriculum, activities on campus may differ from those found at other schools.
These are just some of the things you may want to consider when choosing a school. Many more may come to your mind, so choose carefully, and be sure to ask any of the admissions counselors if you have questions.