Making the decision to continue your education in the USA was a big first step. With the help of Go Campus, you have received various scholarship offers from schools across the country and now you need to make the next big step: choosing the college or university you will attend. Here are a few tips to guide you in this decision making process.
It’s not a popularity contest
Although thousands of students across the world dream of studying in the USA, American institutions remain in great majority unknown outside the country. The international media only regularly mentions a handful of names such as Harvard, Yale or MIT. What about the rest of the 4,000+ network of colleges and universities present in the USA? The name of your school means less than you think. Attending a school that will meet your educational goals and make you feel valued as a student is much more important. Go Campus is devoted to match international students with the right institution(s) for a successful experience. Don’t be looking for a specific name on your scholarship report, instead take the time to find which school will offer what you are looking for.
Visit the websites
It is almost never heard of for an American student to choose their school without having visited the campus. For an international student however, such a visit is very hard to coordinate and expensive. This is why a stop by the school website is the next best option. Colleges and universities’ websites in the USA are very detailed and honest; they will allow you to have an honest idea of what the institution is like. The websites will provide you with information about the programs, classes, housing, student life, sports and anything else the campus has to offer. Some will even allow you to take a virtual tour. Check out this great online campus visit from one of our partner institutions, Aquinas College. It’s almost as if you were there!
Ask your Go Campus representative
Remember that Go Campus is there to guide you through the whole process, from application to admission. This includes helping you decide which college or university will be the best fit for you. As you research the schools presented to you, do not hesitate to contact your representative with questions. They will be more than happy to give you some answers, provide you with feedback from previous students and advise you the best they can.