Top 5 Mistakes When Making a College List

Top 5 Mistakes When Making a College List

August 15, 2019 11 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat music) – Hey, I’m Sam. – And I’m Gus, and today
we’re gonna be talking about the top five mistakes that people make when making a college list. – So, when you’re deciding
that you’re gonna apply to college, it’s a great idea
as one of the first steps to make a like of the colleges that you think you want to go to. It seems like a simple first
step, but there are a lot of mistakes that people make
as they start to make a list of colleges that they’re
going to apply to. – One of the biggest mistakes
that people make is they are dismissive of schools that they haven’t heard of or don’t know know about. So basically, you know, you
might have heard of some really big name schools, but you
might not have heard of some smaller schools or just
schools not in your area that have really excellent programs. But, people don’t put them on
their list cause they’re like, “Oh, I’ve never heard of that school, “so why would I apply to that school?” And the answer is, because
you don’t know everything. – You know nothing. – So, do the research and find
out more about the schools you don’t know about and try to, you know, compare them in a meaningful way. Another big mistake that people
make when making a college list is that they don’t really research what the schools look like. So, they will basically put
schools on the list that they’ve heard of, like Harvard, or
Stanford, or MIT, but they don’t really think about what
does this school look like, what kind of feel does this school have. So, they might not realize
that a school is in a really urban environment, and
they might not enjoy that. Or, they might not realize
that a school is out in the middle of nowhere, and it is two hours from the nearest airport. And, they’re just not really considering that when deciding what
to put on the list. So, really try to understand,
not just like, what is the school about academically,
but also do I fit in with it geographically, and socially. – Yeah, so if you’re able to
visit a school, that can help a lot in terms of getting
the feel of the school. If you’re not able to
do that, there are a lot of resources online to check
out what the schools look like. A big one is the Crimson
Education YouTube channel. All of our day in life, and big questions, and extracurricular videos can
show you what it’s physically like on the ground at these
schools, and that can be a great thing to check out as you’re
researching what schools you wanna apply to and put on your list. – We’re a little biased,
we work for the channel. – Yeah, watch our videos please. Another mistake that people
make when they’re putting together their college list, is not taking into account finances. It is, you know, an unfortunate
reality that some schools are very expensive to apply
to, but it’s also very true that a lot of students will
dismiss a school because they assume that it’s going to be
too expensive and they don’t actually know the full
slate if financial aid and scholarship opportunities
that exist in those schools. So, don’t necessarily assume
that a school is out of your price range, but do the research
and do it to see what kind of scholarships you can apply
to, and what financial aid opportunities they might give for a family in your situation. So, make sure you really do
the research so that you’re not ruling out a school just
because you think it’s either too expensive, or another
reason related to that. – Yeah, some of the schools
that people think are the most expensive schools actually are
the ones that have the most money to give as a part of financial aid. So, look into it. – I’m giving away free money. (bell chimes) – So, another big mistake
that people make when making a college list is they limit
themselves geographically. And, people do this for a
lot of different reasons. Some people think like, “Oh, I
really need to be close to my “family, or to my significant
other, or for another reason.” But, really try to explore if that’s the right way to limit yourself. For some people, those are
legitimate limits, but other people will sort of eliminate
schools that are far away from home or not within,
you know, convenient flying distance because they think,
“Well, I may never be able “to make that work.” But, college is a big, you
know, time of personal growth and it might just be that what
you need is that distance. – Yeah, also a lot of people
just rule out certain parts of the country or assume
certain parts of the world cause they don’t think that they
would be a good fit there. But again, if do the research
and end up finding out that the east coast of the United
States or the west coast might actually be a good for you
when you originally think that maybe it isn’t, then that
could be a good reason to add schools onto the list. – For instance, some people
might rule out California schools, but they don’t realize
that there’s an enormous difference between the
University of California of Los Angeles, Caltech, and Stanford. It’s almost like they’re in three completely different states. – Another mistake that people
make when they’re putting together their college
list, is having all colleges that are within a specific,
let’s call it a tier, right? So, there could be stretch
schools, like Harvard, or Stanford, or Princeton,
that might be hard for you to get into, but you don’t know, you should include those in your list. There can also then be a
section of schools that might be a bit of a reach for you,
but are more likely for you to get into, and then there
can be called safety schools, which isn’t a derogatory term
in any way, but are schools that you’re fairly confident
that you can get into. A large mistake that people
make is just including safety schools, or just
including middle of the road schools, or just including
top tier schools. You don’t know exactly where
you’re gonna get into so, it makes sense to have all of those on your list before you apply to college. So, those are just a few
mistakes that people make when they’re putting
together their college list. If you have questions about
your college list as you’re putting it together, now would
be a perfect time to click the link below to sign up for
a free academic consultation. One of our academic experts
will talk to you about the colleges that you put
together, talk to you about whether it’s realistic, whether
it’s full of good schools that might be a good personality
match for you, et cetera. So yeah, if you wanna
learn more about all that, like and subscribe to Crimson
Education, I’ll be doing more videos about these sorts of topics, and click the link below. – And, comment your questions below. – I’m Sam, again. – And, I’m Gus. Take care. – Bye. Very well.