Creating a list of schools may seem overwhelming, but with some research and planning it really can be easy. By now you are probably tired of being asked "Where are you applying?" by the well-meaning adults in your lives. Sadly, most of these adults are unaware of the many excellent schools across the country. Often suggestions include only a handful of schools and those are often highly selective and extremely competitive. The most selective schools continue to admit less than 10% of applicants and even the most successful students are often denied. Most students don't realize that the average admissions rates for colleges is nearly 65%
While it's polite to listen to the adults offer suggestions about colleges, a better strategy is to create a list of schools that take into account those qualities that fit you the best. Determining what schools will be on this list requires some research and understanding what you want your college experience to look like. Size, selectivity, academic programs (availability of desired major), extra curricular options, cost and availability of aid, type of student body, and location are important parts of finding a school that is the right fit.
If there's pressure to go straight to college but you need a break, a "gap year" might be a good choice. Often, students take a gap year after applying and being accepted to a college or university. Some students feel that taking a year off (or more) will help them focus on what they really want to do with the next few years. Let's face it, adulthood lasts a long time and research says that if you are graduating from high school now you will have between 15 and 20 different jobs in your lifetime.
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