How Do You Narrow Your List of Colleges to Tour?

When it comes to deciding which among the more than 2000 colleges and universities you could potentially have on your college tour list, the first step to narrowing the list is to identify the key influencers in your decision-making process. 

Typically, decisions about college visits and where to apply are influenced by:

  • Friends and Family
  • Guidance Counselors
  • College Admissions Consultants
  • Geography: distance from home (in-state vs. out-of-state)
  • Tuition costs
  • College majors/Programs of Study

But suppose you began with the end in mind and base your college tour selection on a future career choice? 

Payscale GigZia has a handy career-search tool (PayScale GigZig) that not only shows the current average salary for a particular career but also includes both oth historic looks (five years back) and predictive looks five years forward. 

By using a career trending search tool, you can get a real sense as to the value of your career choice relevant to about the time you will graduate and embark on that career. From here, you can work backwards and use any number of college search tools to see which schools offer programs of study for the career you are considering. Once you have that information, then consider the advice and recommendations others in your circle of influence have to offer. Your list of colleges to tour will be more targeted and relate specifically to your career interests.

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