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Which College Characteristics mean the Most to You?

 

College/University: __________________

 

College Characteristic Your Preference Notes Your Score
      Score each parameter, tally the total and compare each college’s score to get an objective perspective
      5: Extremely

Important

4: Very Important

3:  Important

2: Less Important

1:  Not Important

Size (low student population) *Under 3000 students

*3000-10,000 students

*Above 10,000 students

   
       
Size (low faculty:student ratio) Faculty:student ratio    
       
Size (small campus) *Columbia is 36 acres

*Stanford is 8,180 acres

   
       
Size (small class, small lectures)      
       
Private over Public      
       
Liberal Arts over Pre-Professional Learning for the love of learning vs prepare me for that job    
       
Curriculum      
       
College over University Intimate vs less personal    
       
Special Focus (i.e. Art, Single-Sex, Religious) i.e. Julliard vs Columbia

Music focus over 200 different departments

   
       
Research University *Intellectual curiosity

*High impact research

   
       
Academic offerings Particular Major, Plentiful, double-major, study abroad    
       
Faculty Premier, accessible    
       
Geography *Northeast

*South

*Mid-Atlantic

*Mid-West

*West Coast

   
       
Distance Close to Home *Live at Home

*Short Drive

*Long Drive

*Train or Bus

*Plane (Stanford, Oxford)

   
       
Campus Culture Intellectual, party, honor code, casual, intense, school spirit    
       
Climate Warm

Humid

Cold, frigid

Snow, rain

   
       
Academic Environment *Intellectual over

Pre-Professional

*Moderately Easy *Rigorous & fast-paced over Easy

 

   
       
Study Abroad Global Scholars, Foreign Language    
       
Resources Endowment    
       
Facilities Libraries, laboratories, museums, cafeteria/cafes    
       
Alumni Network After graduation connections for jobs and relationships    
       
       
Quintessential Campus Beautiful Campus over Amorphous Amherst/Stanford vs NYU/BU  
       
Admissions Selectivity Tough to get in vs easy to get in    
       
Prestige over Best Fit Ivy League, Stanford, UCs    
       
Entrepreneurial Stanford (Silicon Valley)    
       
Urban over Suburban vs Rural Columbia (NYC), Princeton (NJ), Williams    
       
Campus Neighborhood Environment Safe & Clean    
       
Special Needs Ramps/Easy access to buildings, Hearing Impaired, Blind    
       
Premier Advising *Academic Advising

*Career Advising

*Pre-Professional

Advising

*Peer Advising

   
       
Liberal over conservative      
       
Net Cost (cheaper) Tuition + Room & Board minus (scholarships + grants)    
       
Spiritual Freedom – Religious

          Affiliation

Religious Life is important in choosing a college    
       
Diversity Multi-ethnic, multi—cultural, every state & most countries represented    
       
Ethnicity Attending a college where a high percentage of students are of your ethnicity    
       
Student Body Characteristics (i.e. Artsy, pre-professional, school spirit, conservative, liberal, laid back, moral, scholarly, outdoorsy, entrepreneurial, collaborative, competitive,    
       
Sports *Intercollegiate

(Dl, Dll, Dlll)

*Club

*Intramural

   
       
Safety      
       
School Spirit Football, Basketball    
       
Housing Residential Colleges, dormitories over commuter college    
       
Social Life:

 

 

*Greek Life

*Plenty of Activities &

Opportunities

*Clubs, bars, theatres, parks, museums, bicycle paths

 

*GLBTQ Support

   

 

Michael J. Richardson, MD