Top Advice for Making Your Final College Decision


Last Updated: Jul 28, 2020

May 1 is National Decision Day, which is typically the last day for students to send in their deposits and declare their final college choice. However, hundreds of schools have pushed back their decision deadlines to June 1 this year, and don't forget about those offering rolling admission

For students who need to make a decision soon: a lot of work has brought you to this point. You've searched for colleges, researched them meticulously, applied to the ones on your list, and now you’ve received perhaps multiple offers of admission. You’re almost there—the last step is just figuring out where you want to go in the fall. (Then the real fun begins!)

We know this is a big decision. You might be wondering just what you should do. But we’ve got your back, just like we did during every other step of your college search! This is our best advice on how to make your final college decision, all in one easy-to-access place. 

How to make your final college choice

“Where do I even begin?!” you may think. Well, start with these tips, including steps to take and questions to ask.

Factors you need to consider

What are your top college criteria—the things you want and need in your best-fit school? Here's what you should consider before making your choice. 

When you’re really torn between colleges

You’re down to a few colleges. What you need to do now is compare and contrast.

Keeping financial aid in mind

An enticing financial aid package could be the deciding factor if you’re not sure which school to commit to.

Making the best decision for you

After all, you’re the one who’s going to spend the next four years at this school.

All’s well that ends well

If you’re upset with a college’s decision or worried about making your choice, keep these encouraging words in mind.

And remember...

Your final college decision is ultimately your choice. Here's to making a great one!

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