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Tips for Deciding on a College After Private Boarding School

Choosing the right college after secondary school education is a significant decision that can shape the future of any student. Oftentimes, it can be the gateway towards achieving your personal and professional goals. However, with such a wide range of options, it’s essential to consider the decision-making process carefully. 

At Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), we have fostered a strong culture of college readiness, leading to exceptional outcomes for our graduating classes. We are proud to share that our students consistently achieve a 100% acceptance rate into universities and collectively receive over $14 million in college scholarships yearly. 

We take immense pride in our student’s achievements and recognize that their success is a testament to their hard work, dedication, and the support system we provide at R-MA. It is our steadfast goal to continue this proud tradition. In this blog, we’ll discuss effective tips for deciding on a college after your education at our private boarding school.

Make a List of Potential College Options While at R-MA

Create a list of colleges that pique your interest and carefully evaluate each by considering the pros and cons. Consider location, size, academic programs, extracurricular activities, campus facilities, and the overall campus environment. 

Assess how well each college aligns with your personal and academic goals. Reflect on what you value most in a college experience, whether it’s a vibrant social scene, research opportunities, access to internships, or a strong alumni network. Then, prioritize the aspects that matter most to you and use them as a basis for comparison.

High school student at our Private Boarding School receiving college counselling and advice
The college counselling program at R-MA can guide you through the process

Most importantly, you don’t have to go through this process alone. In fact, at the initial stage of your college selection process, you must have a meaningful discussion with your parents/guardians or a trusted individual, such as your school-assigned mentor, to create a list of colleges that align with your interests and aspirations. You can also take full advantage of the College Counselling Program at our private boarding school for personalized guidance through the entire college decision and application process. 

Attend University Fairs at Our Private Boarding School

Attending university fairs and information sessions can give you a glimpse into the diverse colleges available. These events offer an opportunity to interact directly with college representatives, faculty members, and current students. 

Take this chance to ask questions, gather information, and gauge the atmosphere and culture of the institutions you are considering. University fairs can also help you explore a broad spectrum of options in one location, making it easier to narrow your choices based on your interests and preferences.

High school students at our Private Boarding School attending a university fair
R-MA organizes college fairs to help make the college decision process easier for our students

At R-MA, we understand that selecting the right college is a significant decision, and we strive to empower our students to make informed choices. We organize annual university fairs and information sessions, inviting representatives from various colleges and universities to campus. 

These events allow our students to interact directly with admissions officers, learn about different institutions, and gain insights into specific academic programs and campus cultures.

Research and Visit Campuses at Our Preparatory School

Conduct thorough research to gain a deeper understanding of the colleges you are considering by exploring their websites, course catalogs, and admission requirements. Delve into the faculty profiles, research centers, and resources that can enhance your academic journey. Student testimonials and reviews can also provide valuable insights into the college experience.

Whenever possible, schedule campus visits with your school-assigned mentor. Exploring the campuses firsthand allows you to soak in the atmosphere and interact with current students. Attend classes, tour the facilities, and engage in conversations to understand the college’s environment. These visits can be pivotal in determining whether a college feels like the right fit for you.

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