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5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect College for You

Posted by Traci Pitman on 1/4/16 11:13 AM

Picking the right college can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! You can narrow down your list by identifying your top priorities. Read on to learn how.

choosingacollege.jpg1. Focus on your goals.

Focus on your end goal and map out your ideal path. It might change along the way, and that’s ok! If you can’t decide on a major, narrow it down; you might be into liberal arts, or math and science, or working with your hands. Make sure the college you choose has programs and resources that will help you reach your goals.

Texarkana College offers a wide range of programs, from one-year certifications that'll take you straight to a good job to associate degrees you can transfer to a four-year institution. 

2. Keep debt in check.

When you graduate from college, the last thing you need is a hefty student loan payment. Think twice about going to a college where you’ll rack up excessive student loan debt. Consider cutting costs by getting your basics through dual credit or by spending your first two years at a community college.

Many Texarkana College students qualify for federal financial aid or scholarships. Learn more about applying for financial aid and expore our scholarship options.

3. Go big or go small.

For more intimate class sizes with personal attention from your profs, consider a smaller college. If you can handle classes in large lecture halls and crave a wider selection of student activities, a large university might be right up your alley. Identify which aspects of college are important to you and make sure your choice measures up.

With a student to faculty ratio of 20:1 and a full slate of student organizations and activities, Texarkana College offers the best of both worlds.

4. Choose your ideal spot.

Are you up for flying cross-country to come home for Christmas break? Do you prefer to be a few hours from home, or do you want to be close enough to pop in for dinner occasionally? Also, think about getting around once you’re there. If you love having your own ride, make sure you’re choosing a college with ample parking options.

5. Talk to students.

Do a quick social media search to see what a college’s current students are saying about it. Chances are, if they love it, you will too. Ask the colleges at the top of your list if they offer in-depth tours where you can get one-on-one time with current students in your field of study. They’ll be able to give you insight beyond the typical campus tour.

Starting at a community college could be the smart choice for you.

Let us show you around! Schedule a Texarkana College campus tour today to learn more.


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