College Choice Assessment

I will get to know your aspirations, concerns, likes, dislikes, and idiosyncrasies. 

This endeavor is a work in progress for a period of time as we work through college options until we arrive at your list. Here are some of the categories we’ll review: 

Majors and Minors

  • All majors are not created equal. As an example, review the difference in the undergraduate Cognitive Science programs at UCLA and Case Western Reserve University by searching:
    1. Cognitive Science Major for Students Who Entered UCLA as Freshmen
    2. Case Western Department of Cognitive Science Bachelor of Arts overview

Undergraduate Research and Internship Opportunities

  • Research with professors/graduate students & placement in internships.

Geographic Location & Campus Variables

  • Some urban locations have an insulated campus while others do not.
  • Benefits to a particular rural versus urban campus and accessibility for travel.

Tuition and Fees

  • Some colleges list tuition and fees together while others do not list fees in the initial cost presented. Each college has unique scholarship opportunities.

Undergraduate Class

  • The number of undergraduate students on campus and their distinctiveness. Smaller discussion-based classes compared to large lecture halls.
  • Professor-to-student ratios/Graduate Student Teaching Assistants lecturers.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

  • Varsity, intramurals, & club sports. Theater, poetry, instruments, and vocals.
  • Specialties clubs such as Language, Cooking, Chess, Rock Climbing, etc.

Campus Life

  • Greek life, school spirit, weekend activities, and residence hall programs.

Academic Support

  • Academic-specific tutoring and writing labs: free or fee-based.

Career Services

  • Support for graduate school application & job placement.
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