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How to choose the right college for you

As acceptance letters (hopefully!) start pouring in, high school seniors are faced with the task of picking the right college. It's important to think about what type of environment will help shape you into the person you want to become. It's a tough choice, and with so many colleges and universities out there, where do you even start?


It is important to know if you want to attend a large or small college. Both options have their pros and cons. If you like personalized attention and the opportunity to build relationships with your professors, then a small college or university is right for you. At Simmons, our student to faculty ratio is 13:1, so students are never just a face in the crowd.


Would you rather be in a small town with your campus as your go-to for everyday life, or would you rather be located in a city with tons of other college students and plenty to do in the area surrounding your campus? Many people are more prone to a country-like location, but others crave the hustle and bustle of the big city. Simmons is located right in the heart of Boston, America's college town. The city is full of activities.


Of course, if you know what you want to major in, or concentrate on during college, you need to make sure the college you choose has a reputable program in your major. Simmons has more than 50 undergraduate majors and programs. Many athletes choose Simmons because they're able to play Division III athletics while pursuing a physical therapy or nursing degree from a world-renowned institution.


Do you want to attend a college that is known for research, or for its individualized commitment and attention to students? Faculty at Simmons are experts in their fields, but they also involve students in their research projects. In the sciences, every professor has an original research project that students can work on as early as their first year at the College. At Simmons, the students are the focus.


It's important to make sure that your values match up with the values of the institution. And you want to be at a place that stays true to those values. As an all women's undergraduate college, Simmons knows the importance and impact of a single-gender education. Many women say they came to Simmons despite it being all women, and they left not being able to imagine their college experience any other way.

If you are considering Simmons, schedule a visit. The best way to know for sure if this is the place for you is to see and experience the campus atmosphere for yourself. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact your admission counselor. To meet and talk to current students, professors, staff, and alumnae/i, be sure to Like Simmons on Facebook and follow Simmons on Twitter.

Posted by Kellie Ryan
Topics: boston, campus, faculty, nursing, professors

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This page contains a single entry by Kellie Ryan published on February 17, 2012 9:26 AM.

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