Choosing a College
Choosing the right college is as important as choosing your first home. Therefore it is important that you enter into this experience with the right set of tools:
- First Tool: Identify your Program of Study, otherwise known as your Major.
- Do some research by visiting a college's website to learn about what majors they offer.
- Not sure what you want to major in? The Career and Employment Center would be happy to help you find out what your field or fields of interest are.
- Second Tool: Identify the Cost.
- Cost can sometimes be the deciding factor in selecting a college but don't be too quick to eliminate a school until you've had a chance to speak with a FA counselor.
- Look into scholarship and financial aid opportunities such as www.fastweb.com.
- Consider working a job on campus as another source of income to defray the cost of your education.
- Third Tool: Determine the Preferred College Size.
- Ask yourself if the size of the college matters and if the size of the classes matters.
- And if so, which size do you prefer, big or small? Both have their benefits
- Fourth Tool: Select your Location.
- Determine if you would like to stay in Hawai`i or go away to a mainland college.'
- If you do choose to go to the mainland, what area - West Coast, Mid-West, East
- If you choose to stay in Hawai`i, transportation may be an issue so be aware that you may need to allow for additional travel time and expense.
- Fifth Tool: Know what Interests You.
- Know what your interests are and research colleges that offer those special offerings, such as, sports, religious based education, cultural activities, clubs, both social and academic, etc.