A Simple Trick for Finding the Perfect College

Choosing the perfect college to attend is simpler than it might appear.

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The people around you—your coaches, parents and friends—know what matters to you. Ask them what they think you'd like in a college. They might picture you at a different size school or in a different part of the country than what you've thought about. They may even have specific schools for you to check out—take their picks and listen to their reasons. You're in control of your college search, but it's good to hear from those who care about you. When you're ready, create your free profile on CaptainU to begin the process of finding your perfect fit.

Trick for finding the right fit? Know yourself

You search for colleges that fit you well. To do this, you have to know yourself. Do you like campuses that are packed or quiet? Do you want to be in a huge city or a rural town? Get some extra help with your choices—turn to people who know you, like your parents, coaches and friends. Ask where they think you'd be happiest with college life. They remember little comments you've made in the past and they see things you haven't noticed about yourself.

Where do the ones closest to you see you see you having success?

Give them a chance to say where they think you'd thrive; a few of them might even have colleges in mind. They think of schools they've attended or have heard good things about. If they give you their picks, then get their reasons too and look into the college yourself. If the college looks great, add it to your list; if not, just scratch it and move on.

The choice is yours

There's no pressure to take everyone's advice or to please them with your choice. You just want to hear from the people with you every day. They can help you know yourself as you choose a great college team.

Ready to find colleges that align with your goals? Create your free profile here.