by Ryan Kelley, former admissions officer at Fordham University
You may have reached the point in your high school career where it’s time to think about the next chapter in your life: college. This is an exciting and often overwhelming experience. With so many colleges and universities, where does one even begin the search process? Often times it begins with the “big name” schools. Ones that are world-renowned for their academics, highly selective admission processes, or sports teams who appear on national television. Sometimes, though, the big name schools are not the best fit. This does not mean they are not good, or even great, schools. It means maybe they are not great for you. Many of these institutions provide their students wonderful opportunities in and out of the classroom, however, they are not the only ones able to do this. Some schools not only change lives, they are literally classified as doing so.