So what is this “fit” they talk about today on college tours and in all the resources aimed at students and their parents? Exactly what it sounds like, really: Can you see yourself at this school? Students should ask themselves: Can I picture myself finding my community, be it scholarly, athletic, artistic, ethnic, religious, or cultural? Is there Greek life, and if there is, will my social life be equally rich whether I choose to participate in it or not? What about the political climate, and do I care if it’s liberal-leaning or conservative-leaning, or somewhere in between? And what if you and your child differ on where you think she’ll “fit.” Read about college fit from a parent’s perspective on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Guest Post by Julie Wolf
I don’t remember “fit” being a thing when I applied for college over three and a half decades ago. I leafed through Barron’s, dog-eared a few pages, committed test-score averages to memory, and mailed away for applications. I thought about December 15 a lot. I didn’t think much about “fit.”