College Search Self-Quiz

Finding the perfect school can take a bit of soul searching. List the top qualities you’re looking for, and ask yourself these important questions as you narrow down your options.

Lay of the Land

Physical attributes can play a huge role in your overall college experience.

  • What housing options does the school offer?
  • Are the campus and surrounding neighborhoods easy to navigate?
  • Is public or campus transportation provided?
  • Does the campus meet my safety standards?
  • What attractions are close to campus?
  • What is the male-female ratio and size of the student body?

Dollars and Sense

When budgeting for college, get a good look at each school’s cost—both for institutional fees and day-to-day living.

  • In addition to tuition costs, what can I expect my expenses to be?
  • What types of financial assistance will I need, and will they be available?
  • Does the school offer institutional financial aid opportunities?
  • Does the campus meet my safety standards?
  • Can I get a part-time job on or near campus if necessary?

The Degree’s the Thing

Ultimately, the most important thing you’ll take away from your college experience is a valuable education.

  • Does the school offer the degree I want?
  • What are the school’s technology labs and other facilities like?
  • Are there opportunities for independent research and internships?
  • Is distance learning an option?
  • Have the school’s faculty members achieved recognition in their fields?

Don’t hesitate to rule out a prospective school if it doesn’t meet your standards. The college that you call home for the next few years should provide everything you need to have a comfortable and fulfilling experience.


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

1 Comment

  1. zach

    hey ur quiz helped me sort out my life

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.