What to Think About When Making your College Choice


Summary:  Making the college choice can be a hard one.  Sharing how we did it, as a family.  #homeschoolinghighschool #gettingtocollege

When your teen gets accepted into multiple colleges, it’s time for 

celebration.  Then, of course, it’s also time for major decision 

making.  It can be overwhelming, too. 

Of course, finances are a big part of it. 

Once we had decided which colleges would be affordable to us, then we looked at a number of factors…and that is what I would like to share with you today.

For us, this process all started at the library, where my daughter researched each of her college options again. 

First we considered the size of the colleges...

1.  Big School or Small Campus

The main decision to be made was between a large state college, and a smaller state college, both within commuting distance of our home.  That would save a lot of money, without having to pay for dorm cost at either option.

Both colleges did have a large choice of majors. 

My teen was enticed by the excitement of the larger college, which had an especially good reputation, and a student size of more than 60,000.  

She knew that some of her friends would be going there, and she liked the architecture and the plaza on the gorgeous large campus.

But would that very large campus meet her social needs?

My daughter was used to working in small groups, and did well with those, finding her way, as she has in her high school Youth and Government activities. 

Would that kind of learning occur at the larger state college?

So, together, we researched the two colleges again.  
First, we looked at what each college offered for incoming freshmen orientation and more....

2.  Freshman Intro Seminars & Social Environment 

The smaller college offered freshman seminars, where the students 

would work together in small groups. 

My teen has thrived in this kind of environment.  

Small groups, that's just like her Youth and Government!  The seminars would last all year, giving them time to build friendships, and learn together.

The larger college did not have freshmen seminars. 

They did have a first quarter freshman intro class, and nice raft trip for incoming freshmen, as a way to get to know each other.  But after that, most classes occurred in large lecture halls with over 700 students!

Then, we compared the two on the basis of support offered to the students.  When my teen struggled with a subject, what kind of support would the college offer?

3.  Academic Support

This is what we found.....

The larger college did have some tutoring on campus, but was known to have a very competitive academic environment.  

The smaller one had way more tutoring options available, with much more access to the professors.  

The larger one had many more students per professor, and the teens would usually be dealing with TA's instead of their professors.  

At the smaller college, class size was ideal with about 30 students in each class, compared to 100-600 per class.  Both colleges had solid reputations.

We talked about these issues together with my husband at dinner.  

My teen soon realized that having a smaller, more supportive environment was more important to her than the status of going to the larger college.  

Soon a decision was reached.  And I am so happy that she chose the more supportive environment at the smaller college.

So Thursday, we got out the formal papers, and my teen prepared them for mailing.  She accepted the scholarship offer at the smaller college, and sent in her college acceptance papers!

And she was thrilled!  I am so happy for her, excited, relieved to have the decision made, and a little sad at the same time! 

I decided that, since my daughter was going to college, my family needed a road trip, to celebrate!  So, on Saturday, and we all headed out, of course with our cameras!  Nice, family time was just the ticket, especially for my husband and I.

Country roads always calm me. 

Then we hung out at the local county park, and my daughter decided to pose for a picture.


Big decisions call for big playground equipment, don't you think?

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After helping my homeschooled high schooler get into each of the colleges she applied to, I wrote this guide:

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For more helpful thoughts on making your college choice for homeschoolers from Vicki at 7 Sisters Homeschool, I invite you to click below:

High School Essay Writing
Vicki and 7 Sisters Homeschool also offer lots of great choices for the middle school and teens in your home.
                                                               To the left is one of my favorites from them, called Introductory Guide to High School Essay Writing.                                                                                She has lots more online high school curriculum offerings there, too, all written by experienced homeschooling moms who have graduated their teens from their homeschool.  All frugally priced, most year long courses are less than $30.00.

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Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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