Decisions, Decisions: Using Our Sites to Compare Schools

July 19, 2011
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Let’s take a quick quiz: What’s the best flavor of ice cream? What about the best show on television? The best website (aside from

If an entire class took this quiz, do you think they’d all say the same thing? Of course not! The “best” can be a very personal thing. The same goes for schools. Students often think there is a magic school just waiting for them to enroll. But unless their name is Harry Potter, this isn’t always the case. That’s why they have to do a little research — and maybe even some soul-searching.

Some students like smaller schools, but others thrive in larger schools with more programs. Some want to live in a small town, while others want the excitement of a bigger city. Some students want a strong hockey program, while others look for Quidditch.

Students who are trying to choose between schools should check out our Compare Schools features. They’re a great way to place all the important elements of a school side by side so students can organize their thoughts.

Of course, for many students, the best school is the one they can afford. That’s why I like to incorporate the Scholarship Finder and financial aid research into any school search.

As you can see, there’s not always an easy answer to finding the “best” school — but some research and the right tools can get students started making some choices. After all, as someone once told Harry Potter himself, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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