An anatomical guide to making your college decision

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Applications have been submitted, campuses have been explored, and admission offers have been made. But, the good news is you’re rounding third and heading for home! The May 1 National Candidate Reply Date is officially in sight.

As you visit with family and friends, and gear up for the final days of high school, it’s a great time to talk out your options and narrow down your college choices. A great way to do that is to look inside…literally.

Here’s our easy three-step anatomical process to help you make your college decision:

1. Make your HEAD list.

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Put pen to paper all of the data points, facts, and figures you found important in your research, from academics to extracurricular, from campus to city/town life. Some students use pros and cons, some use comparison charts and Excel sheets. Whichever is best suited for you, take the time to get all of the important facts on paper. (Need help? Try out our fill-able College Comparison Chart!)

2. Make your HEART list.

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Now, consider your feelings. Where did you feel most comfortable on your campus visit? Which had students with whom you could see yourself being friends? What city or town will you enjoy most? What residential areas could you consider home? Which school culture can you see best fitting into? Make sure your heart, especially outside the facts and figures, is in the right place.

3. Go with your GUT.

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Once you’ve settled your head and your heart, go with your gut. Sometimes students don’t give their instinct the benefit of the doubt, but choose “what’s cheapest” or “where my friends are going.” Don’t let that be you. It’s okay to be selfish when it comes to the college decision. Four of the best years of your life are just around the corner!

And, don’t forget, we’re here to help. If you’re an admitted student, your Transy admissions counselor is just a simple click away if you have any final questions.

Just found Transy and haven’t applied? Get in your application today at https://go.applytransy.org.