College Selection Research Paper

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A big school or small, public or private, urban or rural; these are just a few of the many difficult deciding factors I faced during my college selection. At the height of my selection process, I had applied to ten schools ranging across all those factors. I was completely unsure of what I wanted to do with my life yet and had no idea what type of school I wanted. My mind wasn’t set enough on the future and I was too worried about getting through high school and working my full-time job. As it got closer to spring, I had to start making some decisions. Ultimately, I narrowed my deciding process to three factors to specifically analyze to make the right decision. Beginning with reputation, followed by student life, and lastly the financial cost to attend.
The reputation of institutions was very important during the selection process. I did not want to go to a place that would not help my future substantially. During the second half of my senior year in high school, I had the opportunity to work alongside a Washington Post reporter and investigate for a story he was writing about my high school. I had taken journalism classes all throughout high school but this experience gave me the passion to want to …show more content…

I didn’t want to be stuck in a place where people weren’t friendly or they didn’t enjoy being there. A lot of schools with large student populations had low student satisfaction with the campus atmosphere and higher crime rates on campus. I was drawn to schools with a strong sense of community. Only a few of my potential schools had this so-called community vibe. I reached out to admissions counselors at each school and asked about community at these schools, Samford really stuck out to me. Samford is a place where people you don’t even know will smile at you or say hello, a place where people live for the common

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