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Researching and Choosing Your Next University

Researching and Choosing Your Next University

  1. Gathering information
    • Books
      • Reference books (on universities, majors, law and medical school) available for review in Counseling and Academic Advising.
      • PSC library also has reference books useful in researching.
      • Local libraries may also have reference books.
    • Internet
      • transferology.comThis site offers lots of excellent advice to students wishing to transfer from Community Colleges to four year Universities. Visit the transferology website for videos on how to use the program.
      • www.collegesource.org
        • Select "advanced search" then "criteria search" to generate a list of Universities to consider using criteria such as major or location
        • Once list is generated, selecting the "profile" icon connects you to a one-page fact sheet with general information about the University.
      • University’s website. Pages to look for include:
        • Undergraduate admissions
        • Prospective student
        • Transfer student
        • Transfer guides
        • Course equivalencies
        • Admissions application – consider submitting an online application. Some Universities will lower or waive application fees if you apply online!
    • Mail – join Universities’ mailing lists so that you can begin receiving information to decide whether you would like to attend the school.
    • Phone
    • e-mail
    • In-person
      • Individual table visits at PSC
      • Transfer fairs at PSC
      • Open houses or Preview Days at next University
      • Individual meetings with (many of these appointments can be pre-arranged on the day of Open houses or Preview Days):
        • Admissions Officers
        • Financial Aid/Scholarships Office
          • National scholarships versus university-based scholarships
      • Housing
      • Academic Department
  2. Evaluating information
    • Regional accreditation
    • Academic department
    • Internship and learning experience options
    • Costs
      • Tuition
      • Fees
      • Housing (average cost of living at home = $1600/year, per the US Department of Education)
      • Grants, Loans, and Scholarships available
    • Location
    • Student life