Our Best Advice on Making Your Final College Decision

Having trouble deciding where to spend the next four years? Here are our top articles on how to make your final college decision, all in one place.

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. Many schools pushed back their decision deadlines to June 1 last year, but most have returned to the traditional deadline this year. (However, 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

You may be thinking, “Where do I even begin?!” 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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