Chances are that if you are thinking about accepting a college scholarship then you may not be thinking about going there in the first place. Don’t let the scholarship sway your intentions too much, and if you let it sway your decision at all, be sure to consider/ask yourself these five questions. Sure, you know the student population and the teacher-to-student ratio but you have to get down to the nitty gritty if you are going to spend the next 4 years there. This personally happened to me; a school that I applied to just as a safety school offered me a decent scholarship but I can’t let the money do the thinking for me and you shouldn’t either.
1. Have you visited the campus yet? Don’t take your best friend from last year’s word for it about how they like the campus. You need to find out for yourself.
2. What is the retention rate? There were people in your exact situation this time last year and you have to can find out what the majority of those people did. It’s not something you should base the whole decision but it gives you a good idea about how a lot of people adjusted.
3. What kind of food is available both on and off campus? This is a big one for me, I can’t eat the same old stuff everyday and not get tired of it, there has to be some place close to go especially with the rising gas costs. This is sometimes to answer unless you visit or ask a current student.
4. How strong is the program(s) you are interested in? A good place to ask this would be CollegeConfidential.com, there are a lot of current and alumni students there who can give first hand experiences. It’s not enough to just know the college offers the program you are interested in, you need to know how strong it is as well.
5. What do students do for fun? This seems to be one that not many people overlook but drinking is not the only sufficient answer for this question. What other activities are there? Are dance clubs, movies theaters, or malls close-by?