Once you have an idea of the type of institution you might be interested in, you should:
- Speak to a Guidance Counselor. A high school guidance counselor can let you look through books and can help you on an Internet search to find the right institution. They can also help if you're still not sure what course would be best for you. Some institutions also have their own counselors who can help you to find out what courses they offer and what financial assistance you might apply for.
- Talk to Family and Friends. Talk to family, friends and former learners from your high school who have gone on to higher learning or are still studying. Ask them how they decided where to study. Find out about their institutions and what they like/don't like about them.
- Conduct your Own Online Search. There are a number of sites online where you can find out more about the higher education institutions. For example, My College Options helps you explore your school-choice options if you are interested in studying in the U.S.
- Visit Schools. After you have narrowed down your search, you should visit some of your top choices. To visit a college, just call the admissions office and tell them you would like to visit. They will arrange a date and time for you to go there.
Here are some things you should do on your visit:
- Speak to the admissions officer
- Get a tour of the campus
- Speak with students to see what they like/don't like
- Visit the dorms
- Sit in on a class that interests you
- Walk or drive around the community