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Choosing a College 2011

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cassie kimbrough

on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of Choosing a College 2011

Student Support Services Provided
Public school/Private school
School size
Cost of attendance/living
Scholarship Opportunities
On campus ammenities
Student Life
The "Home Factor"

5 thing$ to consider when choosing a major
What do you excel at?
What is the earning potential?
what schools offer this major?
How much will this degree cost me?
What are the career options for this degree?
Student Support Services...why are they important to me?
Learning Communities
supplemental instruction (SI)
disability services
math lab
writing clinics
counseling services
majors exploration classes
and tons more!!
School Size
Schools range from very large to relatively small. Public universities and private universities have different definitions on being a large school/small school.
what are the 6 largest public universities in Texas?
estimated enrollment 51,000
estimated enrollment 49,500
estimated enrollment of 39,000
Estimated enrollment 36,000
Estimated enrollment 34,000
Medium sized public universities:
Sam Houston State University-17,000
Stephen F. Austin-12,000
Tarleton State University-11,000

Small Public Universities:
Angelo State University-6,400
Midwestern State University-6,000
Sul Ross University-2,000
Large Private Universities:
Southern Methodist University-11,000
Baylor University-14,000
Texas Christian University-9,000
Medium Private Universities:
Abilene Christian University-5,000
Rice University-3,200
Small Private Universities:
Wiley College-1,000
Austin College-1,200
Another thing to think about...
student teacher ratio
Don't forget about community colleges!
Community colleges give students the opportunity to have smaller class sizes and one-on-one help.

Here are a few things that you may not have known about community colleges...
Myth 1: Students only go to a CC/JUCO because they can't get into a four year university.
Myth 2: A CC/JUCO/Technical degree is useless
Myth 3: The classes are cheap, so the teachers are low quality
Myth 4: Credits from a CC/JUCO will not transfer to a four year university.
Myth 5: Community Colleges have low academic standards.
How much is this going to cost me?
There are several types of scholarships out there, you just have to be willing to put in the work to get them. Check out the scholarship offerings of the schools you are interested in. What are the requirements? Do you need letters of recommendation, a resume, an essay? Know the deadlines and turn in documents before it is too late.
places to look for scholarships:


the schools you are applying to

your high school counselor's office

area organizations

*Don't ever pay for a scholarship search or Financial aid help
Location, Location, Location!
What on campus ammenities are there?

grocery store on or near campus
food options
night-time activities
police department
laundry rooms
rental cars
recycling centers
community outreach programs
Make sure there are opportunities for you to be involved!
Finally...look for the "Home Factor"
How can I get all this information?
Ask questions about your major
Inquire about Student Success Services
See what the campus size feels like
Talk about cost, including housing
Learn about scholarship opportunities (first hand)
See the location the school is in
See the on campus ammenities
Get a list of student organizations
See is the "Home Factor" is really there
Campus tour tips:
Schedule ahead of time
Explore the town
Talk to current students, not just your tour guide
Ask every question you have, and then ask for someone to contact incase you have more questions later
Tour the residence halls (most schools require students to live on campus, and housing is first come first serve)
and most importantly...EAT ON CAMPUS!
Find your admissions counselor!
Don't be afraid to ask questions, we are here to help you!
Come visit UT Arlington:
Daily campus tours:
Monday-Friday at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Saturday at 10:30 am (combination campus tour and housing tour)
Housing tours:
Monday-Friday at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm
Preview Days
Saturday November 10, 2012
Saturday February 2, 2013
Saturday April 13, 2013
Estimated enrollment 35,000
Advice for parents:

Help your student advocate for themselves
Keep them on schedule
Don't be a "helicopter parent"
Let them make their own choices
Make them visit campuses they are interested in
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