Why do you need a list of schools? Well, eventually you will need a job, so it's better to be prepared for that moment and having an education beyond high school is essential. Preparing a list of possible schools to continue your education is a good start in that direction. Yes, after you have selected what type of job you would like to have and have found out the type of education you will need for that (yeah, that's called a career path) it's time to create a list of schools.
You'll only need about ten universities in your list, so that shouldn't be a difficult task, should it? Well, it turns out it's not that easy! The best universities for your list are surely not the top ten schools in the list of school rankings from the USA News or the prestigious Ivy League schools or the schools that your ten best friends are going to. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010 there were more than 4,000 options to study in an accredited university, so unless you close you eyes and randomly pick anything, you will need to do some looking around. Luckily, you soon realize that not all options are right for you and narrowing down the list is not all that hard.
What is a good fit university for your list? The answer depends on the interplay of several factors including your grades, your career aspirations and your economic situation. In other words, the best-fit university for you has the best academic level that you're eligible for, offers a degree in the area that will prepare you to successfully enter the job market in something you like and has a cost that you can afford.
So this is how you narrow down your options to a list of ten schools:
You'll see, it's never too soon. This summer make sure to look around and have your list of schools ready for when is time to actually apply to them early in your senior year.
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