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“Today the School,

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” Local or distant – consider the mode of transportation to and from school, climate, and environment. you will be living there for 4 years. Do you want to be on an urban or rural campus? RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION: Many schools are church-related, but the degree of student involvement and the percentage of students practicing the predominant religions vary widely. Look for a place where your value system will allow you to feel at home. FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES AND SPORTS: Do you want to be a part of a Greek system, or would you prefer a social climate where most students are independent? MAKE-UP OF STUDENT POPULATION: ● Does this matter to you? ● Do you want co-ed, state school (where most student are from within the state), private school (where a deliberate attempt is made to admit students from a variety of cultures, countries, and socio-economic backgrounds)? SPECIALTY PROGRAMS: ● Do you want to study abroad? ● Are you interested in a co-op or internship experience where you can combine practical work experience with education? What other factors are VITAL to you? ● By seriously considering the factors mentioned above, you have completed the toughest part of this process. By now, you should have a reasonably clear idea of who you are and what you are looking for. Now it is time to do some research. STEP 3: WHERE TO TURN 6

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” ● Start with your school or local library (or bookstore if you prefer). There are many college guides, search books, etc. available. You can also find books written from students; perspectives. ● It is important to consult a variety of sources when dealing with subjective information. ● Visit your Guidance office/Career Center. Look through catalogues and college bulletins. ● Do a computer search with your counselor… ● Begin an information network. Seek out alumni, friends and family members who are familiar with schools that interest you. ● Keep in mind; you are looking for something that will be right for you, not Uncle Mike or Aunt Kim. WHAT’S NEXT? ● Experience the real thing – plan to visit several campuses. ● Always write for information and plan your visit before going to a campus. ● Find out about campus tours, weekend sleepovers, interviews, and describe your areas of special interests. ● It is best to visit when the college is in session. ● If you can, spend the night on campus. Talk with students and faculty, attend classes, look for signs of what is important on that campus (politics, sports, cultural activities, partying)? ● Check out the surrounding town or city. Do you feel comfortable there? ● What is the atmosphere like on campus (easygoing, rushed, dead)? Do you feel comfortable there? ● If possible, attend a college class in the department of interest to you. ● Talk with professors in that department. ● Do you like their approach? ● What do students say about the department? ● Will you have the opportunity to do research? 7

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