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04/11/2014 11:39 am ET Updated Jun 11, 2014

Have You Made Your Final College Choice?

Regardless of any wait lists that you decided to pursue, it is essential that you get an enrollment deposit submitted to a college where you have been accepted by May 1.

Making an informed and correct college choice is crucial.

Here are things to keep in mind.

There are a variety of ways that each person goes about making their final decision. Factors in selecting a college may vary from person to person. However, there are some common questions that should be taken into consideration.

Eliminate colleges that you would not consider attending. This may reduce your acceptance list and make the college choice a bit easier.

Proceed with caution if you have not visited the college. If you have not had an opportunity to visit and still have time before the final decision, then make time. It's not a good idea to accept an offer of admission if you have not visited the college. If you don't want to visit, then this college should most likely be removed from your list. First deposits are due May 1, so there is still time.

Academically, make sure your college has a host of opportunities especially if you have not decided on your major. You will want to explore different courses and make sure you have lots of options.

Most colleges do have lots of extracurricular activities. However, if you have special interests in activities in which you would like to partake, make sure your college has this available or that your choices of activities are nearby

Consider the location of the college. If it's close to home, you should still not visit home within the first few months to give yourself a chance to acclimate to your new surroundings. You may gain that sense of independence quicker if you don't live at home and visit too frequently.

Social relationships in college are important. Don't make a decision based on where your friends are going to college. Your college years will be a great time to make many new and lasting friendships.

Although, your family loves you and wants the best for you, the final college decision should be the student's decision. If you listen to your parents and it winds up not working out, there could be resentments. Parents should set some boundaries and discuss finances, but stay out of the decision.

Accept a period of transition when you start college. Know that you will grow, learn and change regardless of where you attend. The right college choice does have an impact on your life and perhaps your eventual career, so give it lots of thought and be thorough in your research.

Finances do play a major part in your final college decision. Students should discuss this with their families as some may need to take loans and others may choose to live at home for a period of time. You can call the financial aid offices of the various colleges to see how they can help.

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