If you have serious concerns about how your child will do with the college transition, you may want to consider schools close to home. Depending on the amount of concern, it may be best to choose a school which would allow your child to drive home for the weekend if needed.
2. What’s the quality of the college's mental health program?
3. What is the educational environment of the university?
Some universities are known to be high-pressure, unforgiving environments. This could be due to the rigor, expectations or challenges of courses. Sometimes, this can be eased by a strong academic support team or advising system. Often, peers can make the university culture overly competitive in unhealthy ways. Some places are notorious for students stealing other students’ lecture materials and notes or not helping out when needed. If your child is particularly sensitive to stress, it may be best to go to a school where the environment is more collegial and supportive.
Other schools are notorious for having easy access to drugs or alcohol on campus. While drugs and alcohol are available at most schools, they are easier to get at some schools which are located in major cities or areas of high accessibility. If your child has a history of drug or alcohol abuse, you should be extra considerate of these location factors.
4. Will the financing of this school put my child in overwhelming debt?Tweet