Find the right college, right here

Small college or big university? Urban or small-town campus life? Well-known or not so well-known program offerings?

Come visit!

Visit college campuses to see which one is good match!

Walk around
Sit in on a class
Talk to students and faculty
Pick up the student newspaper
Check bulletin boards for activiites

The road to college : the high school student's guide to discovering your passion, getting involved, and getting admitted
by Joyce E. Suber and the staff of the Princeton Review.
New York : Random House, c2007.
Outlining a wide range of fun and meaningful activities that can positively impact a high schoolers life, as well as his or her college applications, this guide is essential for a students planning for college. It guides readers to explore what they love early in high school in order to develop a sense of which college will suit their individual needs.
Winning the heart of the college admissions dean : an expert's advice for getting into college
by Joyce Slayton Mitchell.
Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c2005.
In this completely revised and updated collection of insightful, candid advice from college-counseling guru Joyce Slayton Mitchell, students and parents will find the core information they need to confidently research colleges, write essays, fill out applications, make sense of financial aid and interviews, and, most important, win the heart of many a college admissions dean. Book jacket.
Where do I go from here?
Esther Drill, Heather McDonald, Rebecca Odes, with Louisa Kamps.
New York, NY : Penguin, c2004.
The founders of ("Deal With It!") are back with a fun and informative resource that takes a look at the human side of college life. With their trademark bold and colorful graphics, candid and humorous text, and personal stories, the gURLs give young women a clear sense of what life is really like after high school.
Winning the heart of the college admissions dean : an expert's advice for getting into college
by Joyce Slayton Mitchell.
Berkeley : Speed Press, c2001.
Written by college-counseling guru Joyce Slayton Mitchell, this book tells aspiring collegians how to stand out from the crowd in the application process. Starting with a student self-assessment and moving on to admissions testing, researching colleges, writing essays, filling out applications, and making sense of financial aid, Mitchell covers all the bases.
Marketing yourself to the top business schools
Phil Carpenter and Carol Carpenter.
New York : Wiley, c1995.
Expert advice helps you get into the business school of your choiceEarning an MBA from a leading business school can be an important career boost. But first you have to get accepted. This straight-talking guide is dedicated to helping you conquer the business school admission process. Here, Phil and Carol Carpenter show you, step-by-step, how to confidently develop your own winning marketing campaign, including: Tips on matching your strengths and interests with those of your target schools Candid interviews with admissions directors and alumni Advice on writing focused, persuasive essays Twenty actual applicant essays on frequently asked topics -with frank evaluations of why these essays worked Ratings of the top programs from U.S. News & World Report "This easy-to-read guide demystifies the MBA admissions process. It provides a detailed and useful strategy for all MBA applicants by illustrating ways in which applicants can exert control and influence over the process." - "Candid and comprehensive...the Carpenters write with the voice of experience and share practical knowledge rather than generalized suggestions." -Jon Megibow, Director of Admissions University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

The St. Louis area offers diverse educational opportunities for students seeking a fulfilling college experience. It is worth your time to think about the right college for you.  You are likely to find one nearby to meet your needs and interests.

Start by deciding what you want out of the college experience. Academics are important, but do not forget to inquire about the social experiences the school would offer.

Size is another factor. Both small and large schools have advantages and disadvantages. Check out class and department sizes. Talk with other students to find out if classes are taught by knowledgeable professors. Ask about availability of staff members and activities to welcome students and help them succeed.

Near to home

St. Louis area colleges and universities include:

Ranken Technical
Southwestern Illinois College
St. Louis Community College
St. Louis University
University of Missouri--STL
Washington University
Westminster College

(other area colleges and universities)

Your personality may play a role in the school you choose.  Are you looking for small classes where you feel more comfortable making comments? Or, would you rather sit in a large class? 

Do not forget your goals when selecting a college.  Have you already chosen your career, or would you like to attend a school with many programs ready for you to explore? Is your goal a degree, certificate, or both? Large universities offer hundreds of majors, while smaller (both two and four year) colleges may have more specialized offerings.

Life outside of class is a major consideration. Will you live on campus or commute?

  • Are you looking for high level sports competition or friendly games to help stay fit and reduce stress?
  • Would you like to attend a school where non-theater majors get parts in plays, athletes display their art, and anyone can run for student government?
  • Do you want the number and variety of clubs only large universities can offer?
  • Do you want a campus that closes down on the weekend because everyone goes home.  Or do you want one where weekends are filled with activities?

Spend time thinking about what's important in your educational experience.  Then check out St. Louis' local and nearby colleges and universities. Which one is the best fit for you?

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff