How do you narrow down the college selection?
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|Mon, 02-13-2012 - 8:16am|
My daughter is a junior in HS and is starting her college search. She has picked out several colleges to tour over her spring break (she has two weeks off in March), so we are flying to the west coast to check these out during one of her weeks. (We live in Mass.) The other week, we will spend touring colleges in our area.
The problem is that she has a lot of interests. She's fairly sure she wants to go to a school with a strong liberal arts curriculum, but beyond that, she really doesn't know geographic area she would like to be in. I feel as if we are just throwing arrows at a dart board at this point.
Since we are at the beginning of the search, I have a sense that once she starts actually looking, things will get clearer. Was this the case for your kids?
And how do they choose a safety school they'd be willing to attend if it were the only school that accepted them? So far, all the schools she has chosen to visit are super competitive. She is well-qualified for these places, but as we know, so are the other thousands of applicants, so she does need to pick a few less competitive schools.
Finally, when you and your spouse have differing attitudes about his, how do you resolve it? I'm a lot more laissez-faire about the whole process, because I feel that it's really our daughter's choice. DH is more concerned about the reputation of the school--for example, DD said she'd like to look at Pepperdine, but DH told her it was a "crappy" school and she'd be wasting her time. He also insisted that she look at UC Berkeley even though she has no desire to go there.