Location is a significant aspect of the social setting of a college you shouldn’t disregard. As much as academics are important in deciding where you go, keep in mind this is the place you will be spending the next 4 years of your life (in case you transfer or graduate early) If you’re an international student and thinking about studying abroad in the US, I’m sure you’ll have lots of questions on deciding which location is best.
Some key points you should consider when deciding where to apply and which campuses to visit are:
- Which geographic region do you prefer?
This is going to be a challenge for some people if he/she has been comfortable being in one city their whole life. Some questions you should ask yourself is: Do I hate the cold? Do I hate rain? Do I like warm weather? Do I want to be near the beach/water? Do I like the mountains? Do I like big cities? Consider college as a time for you to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Life is not meant to be lived in one place. Be brave and move if you can!
- How far do you want to be from home?
It’s still possible to attend a college considerably far from home but still close enough to drive home on the weekends. It’s understandable moving isn’t for everyone but a lot of people get over feeling homesick after the first semester. It’s important to remember that this isn’t a permanent move. The school year is only 10 months every year and there are a lot of holidays when you can come home to visit.
- Urban or Suburban?
Do you prefer to live near a big city or away from it? An urban city offers a lot more activities to do and socializing whereas a rural city will find a more close knit community, comfort, and peace.
Below is a link to AIER’s College Destination’s Index for 2017. Use the calculator to help you decide factors that are most important to you.