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:
- Cognitive Science Major for Students Who Entered UCLA as Freshmen
- 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.
- 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.
- Greek life, school spirit, weekend activities, and residence hall programs.
- Academic-specific tutoring and writing labs: free or fee-based.
- Support for graduate school application & job placement.