Eight Myths about Choosing the Right College
For more than two decades, the Colleges That Change Lives member-schools have worked together to support students in the college search process. And every year, we meet students and families who are hesitant to consider smaller, lesser-known, liberal arts and sciences schools. More often than not, their concerns fall into a broad category of “commonly held myths” that are shared by well-meaning but usually uninformed sources. Here are the top eight myths – and the facts students and families have discovered along the way. We hope you find this information useful in your college search!
MISPERCEPTION: A good college needs to have more students than your high school.
MISPERCEPTION: Employers and graduate schools won’t be seriously interested in a graduate from a school they haven’t heard of before. A degree from a name-brand institution means more to employers and graduate schools, and attending a well-known school puts students ahead of the curve and guarantees them successful, meaningful lives.
MISPERCEPTION: Large research-based and Ivy League schools have better course selection, and they can attract more talented faculty members.
MISPERCEPTION: Staying close to home is a good idea because it saves money, and following high school friends makes the transition to college easier.
MISPERCEPTION: Strong students in the top ranks of their high school class with high test scores will waste their potential at any school outside the Ivy League. They deserve to learn with other motivated achievers.
MISPERCEPTION: It’s impossible to get into a good college without great test scores, top grades, perfect recommendations, and a whole list of activities. Being homeschooled or having a different learning style can be a major obstacle.
MISPERCEPTION: If you’re serious about your future career, it’s pointless to take classes in other disciplines. It’s better to focus on one field and become an expert than to know a little about a lot of useless subjects.