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Questions to ask yourself

With more than 3,600 recognized institutions of higher learning in the US, it isn't always easy to select the right college or university.

To help you make such an important decision, you'll want to ask yourself a few important questions first.

The Basics

  • Is the school accredited and reputable?
  • How well respected is the academic major that you'll be selecting?
  • Is it a private or public institution?
  • Would you prefer a university, a college or a community college?
  • How large is the average class size?
  • Are the professors focused on the students or do their interests lie in research and publication?
  • Will the program prepare you for the workforce? Are internships available and encouraged?
  • What is the quality of their campus libraries, computer centers and overall facilities?
  • How does the tuition compare to other schools? Are tuition waivers, scholarships and grants available for international students?

Location Matters

  • What region of the country is the school located? To explore the 50 US States, click here.
  • Is it located in a big city or small town? How is the weather?
  • What is the area's safety record? What is the school's safety policy?
  • What type of housing is available? Do the on-campus dormitories close during the US holiday season? How will this affect you, especially if you plan to stay on campus during this time?
  • Will you need to use public transportation (e.g., buses, subways, and taxicabs)? Are these services available for a reasonable price?
  • What types of cultural activities are available in that area? What type of sporting events and recreational facilities?
  • Will the school's location and social environment promote a healthy and stimulating learning experience?

Foreigners Welcome

  • Does the school offer international student organizations? What types?
  • Do they offer an adequate student orientation program, as well as an airport pickup program?
  • Will there be extra opportunities for you to learn about the US culture?
  • How many other foreigners are studying at this campus?

Consider these questions as a helpful checklist for your search. By paying attention to these issues now, you'll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

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