Trying to decide where to go study for your bachelor's degree can be overwhelming because there are thousands of universities, colleges, and schools across the country –plus all the international options.

This is going to be one of the most important decisions of your life and you must make sure you take every step in the right direction.

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Prepare for college by taking any prep class that your school has to offer and figure out what degree you want to pursue. Photo by Leon on Unsplash

If you feel like you can't decide this on your own, don't worry, there are plenty of people who can help! You can go talk to your high school guidance counselor or try to find someone in the college you're interested in applying to talk to you.

You should also do a list of all the things you want to consider before choosing a school. For example, decide what factors matter, like the location, faculty members, campus, cost, rankings, international programs, special courses, financial aid or scholarships, alumni's experience, and so on.

Once you have a list of the things that matter to you, you can start your search for a school that will offer everything or most of the things on your list. If you find more than one school you will have to choose, but the idea is to narrow down the options.

Many students don't know where to start but don't worry, that's why we've created this guide to help you choose a university, college, or school. However, keep in mind that this is not exactly what you have to do, it's just some friendly advice you can follow to help you make the decision.

If you need help figuring out where to go after high school check out A guide to choosing a university.

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Figure out what you want to study

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A university course or class has a greater level of difficulty compared to the classes you've taken previously. Photo by Shubham Sharan on Unsplash

Often the best first step is deciding what you want to study and then figuring out what schools to apply to. This applies to students who are sure or somewhat sure of what career they want to pursue after graduating from high school.

If you decide on your major you can start your search for schools, colleges, or universities by focusing on those outstanding programs for your subject of interest.

For instance, if you want to natural sciences or technology then you should apply to schools like MIT or Caltech, both known for being the best in the field.

If you know what you want to study you can go directly to a place where you know you'll learn from the best and gain the best experience of your life.

Deciding what you want to major in first will also give you an advantage compared to your classmates because you'll have a set goal in mind and you can work and aim towards that goal.

This way you have time to find the perfect school for you and consider all of your options before choosing. However, deciding your major before starting college can be a little challenging and not everyone will have the right answer.

That's why the liberal arts education was instated, for students who are doubting or unsure of what they want to do. If this is the case for you, then what you have to do before choosing a career is choosing a place.

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If your major is undecided don't worry, you can still search for colleges and universities which offer a liberal arts education. This means that you won't have to decide your major until the beginning of your third year in college.

So, if you don't have to declare a major, the only other decision you have to make is deciding where to go.

As a student, you have many options and opportunities, but you also have desires and goals and you have to make sure you find a place where you will be able to fulfill all of your college dreams.

You will probably have many questions regarding the programs, courses, money, admissions, rankings, and more. But don't worry, you'll have time to answer all of your questions and more!

If you're unclear about how to make a decision, we recommend you pay a visit to the campus of the school you're interested in. If you go visit the campus you'll be able to see how every other student lives, you'll maybe be able to sneak into a college course or class, and you'll be able to feel the ambiance and the vibe.

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Colleges have students from all over the world and you'll have the opportunity to meet different people from different backgrounds. Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Seeing what your life is going to look like in a year or so can be great and helpful because you'll start picturing yourself there and maybe figure out if you like the idea of going to that school or not.

You should also consider the city where the institution is located and figure if you'd like to live there too. For example, let's say you're admitted into NYU but upon your arrival, you realize you don't like the New York life. However, you can avoid these sorts of realizations if you visit the campus and the city before deciding to apply to the school.

Many people believe that colleges and universities should only focus on the academic aspect of the student's life, but this is not true. You should look for schools that care for all the aspects and strive to provide their students a great university experience, both in the academic and social aspects.

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Are you stuck between two schools or more?

Many students are faced with an impossible decision; having to choose between two great schools because they were admitted to both. If this is your case, continue reading and find out how you can get out of this situation.

The best way to decide which school to attend is by doing a pros and cons list. But we're not saying you should sit down right now and make the list with information off of the top of your head. To do so you need to gather as much information as you can about each institution.

For instance, you need to read about their history and read about each course you'll be taking. You need to read all the information available on their websites from money and financial aid to the job and work market.

You should also talk to the admissions office of both schools and see what each of them has to offer. You should visit each school and do some digging around the campus and see which one is good or better than the other one.

If you take your time doing the appropriate research your pros and cons list will be complete and you'll be able to make a decision.

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If you have questions about your university of choice you should address them to the admissions office and try to get the answers you are looking for. Photo by LinkedIn Sales Solutions on Unsplash

But, don't forget that you should not make decisions before applying to the schools. You should apply to both schools and see if you're admitted to both. If you're not, then the decision is made for you. If you are admitted to both then you should go ahead and grab a notepad to start your list!

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Stop stressing if you can't make up your mind

Students tend to stress out about their degree, career, financial aid, and all the decision they have to make after they graduate from high school.

But there's nothing to gain from stressing out!

If you're confused or stuck, the worst thing you can do is think that this is an impossible decision to make. You are more than capable of choosing for yourself, you just have to calm down, trust what you know, take one step at a time, and follow your instincts.

Learning to control stress is probably one of the most important skills you'll have to learn and develop because if you don't, stress will control the rest of your career and your life.

A good way to calm anxiety and stress is by exercising, meditating, or doing some kind of art. Moving your body or working on a creative project will unblock the part of your brain that is under stress, and this will allow you to think clearly.

Keep in mind that you don't have to make all these decisions by yourself and that there is an entire support system ready to back you up and guide you through the process.

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