Choosing The Right College For You

Choosing the right college is tough! You’re committing to spend 4+ years of your life, and trusting this institution to make you career-ready in the major of your choice. <br><br><br>

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For Detroit students, if you qualify for the Detroit Promise by getting at least a 3.0 GPA and at least a 1060 on the SAT (or 21 on the ACT), you can choose from one of the Detroit Promise 4-year partner colleges and attend any of these tuition-free.

Still, even if you qualify for the promise, there are some factors to consider as you choose a college:

First, compare financial aid packages.

It’s important to choose a school that fits your budget and ideally, one that doesn’t leave you with a massive amount of student loan debt afterwards.

You don’t have to choose the cheapest school but you should have a rough estimate of the price of attending one school versus another.

Next, think about your field of study.

Different schools have different strengths in terms of the programs they offer – some schools are great for technical degrees and others are better for liberal arts programs. Choose a school that offers a great program for your specific field of study to ensure that you’re getting the best education possible.

Finally, think about the environment you want to be in for the next four years.

Four years is a long time. It’s important to go to college in a place that best suits your needs and interests.


Want to a join a fraternity or sorority? Make sure you attend a school with a Greek Life program.

Prefer living in an urban area? Narrow down your choices to schools in big cities.

Browse websites of the colleges you are thinking about attending and use them as a resource to help you make a decision!

Choose the best fit for you.

Ultimately, it’s important that you’re happy with your choice and that you're excited about attending the college you’ve chosen. Once you’ve compared the costs, programs, and environments of the different colleges you’re considering, you’re ready to pick the right school for you. Ideally, you have given yourself a few options for applying.