Fit, not prestige or ranking or reputation is the most important thing to look for in a college or other option. When you look at a future possibility, you also look at the individual. Through a gradual process, you and your student figure out what institutions fit your student's individual goals, learning style, quirks, and comforts. And, of course, also fit your family's finances and logistical situation. This should not be a seemingly objective choice about the "best" place, but a subjective quest for the best fit.
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Facts can help you figure out which options will work for your student's goals and your family's circumstances. There are facts about your student (GPA, test scores, and transcript) and about the institutions that might be involved in your future. A bit of research on facts can prevent situations like getting into only two of the eight schools to which you apply, or only being able to afford only one option because of finances. It is never too soon to look into some facts about options and figure out the facts about yourself as well.
Download our After Shorewood Finding Facts handout which lists easy to use tools that will give you very good information on future possibilities.
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• starting early enough that you have time to change your mind;
• becoming aware about the steps ahead so that those steps are easier and less stressful;
• gathering enough information so that your options list is both realistic and feasible;
• allowing time & head space to contemplate options;
• knowing enough about the options that you do not encounter (too many!) surprises once a commitment is made.
Read more of the 10/25/15 message on Foresight.