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Visit your top 3 choices when they are in session. Visit a dorm and off campus housing too. You might not like all the noise, chaos or drugs and want to live off campus. Did you feel safe at the dorm you visited? Ask to see the school's Sexual Misconduct policy. Will it protect you? Find a roommate.
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Get your reading speed up to over 600 words a minute. You'll have to do a lot of reading no matter what, so learn to speed read before college.
Unfortunately 25% of women in dorms are raped during a 4 year program. These crimes are not prosecuted or discussed in the media for fear of bad publicity. The schools will not admit it - but the counselors and healthcare professionals know.
According to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, CCCU.org, 82% of CCCU alumni say they personally benefited from their college's emphasis on personal values and ethics."
Start with career aptitude testing with your your high school guidance counselor. Ask your for a job forecast. IMPORTANT: ask to be tested to find out the kind of job for which you are best suited.
Career plans: Big Future.org
Online Education: Online College Plan
What should I look for in a university?
What is your desired end result: a job or graduate school? If you are pre-med, then check out the percentage of the graduates from the college who are accepted into medical school. Is is 40% or 90%? If 90% are accepted, then you can be sure they will do a good job of preparing you.
If you go the secular route, brace yourself for a confusing onslaught of education without a foundation of truth. Strongly anti-Christian views dominate secular campuses as they are commonly run by far left wing liberals. A political hidden agenda dominates college course contents. A strong Christian fellowship group is a must. See our Ministries page to find out student ministries on your campus.
Can I choose my roommate?
Your first year roommate will affect your college experience. A few wise colleges offer a roommate matching service for incoming freshman. Georgetown has a online service named CHARMS which gives the students the opportunity to choose their own roommate. A few others use a service called Webroomz. Ask the admissions department of your top choices for details.