Whenever I meet with new students, the first question I ask is why they want to go to college. Responses tend to lean heavily toward the importance of earning an education and getting a degree. But what does that really mean? And how should students go about determining the breadth, depth, and quality of the academics at an institution of higher learning?
When deciding where to apply and then choosing from multiple offers of admission, there is huge value in assessing an institution’s academic offerings. College visits, conversations with faculty and students, and research on a college’s website are avenues through which prospective students and their parents can determine the best academic fit.
First, you should begin to read up on the academic offerings. Start with the major: