Finding the right school doesn’t have to be stressful

You've passed your exams, you're pleased with your grades and now it's time to narrow down a list of potential schools to apply to. Unfortunately, this is only half the battle. Although finding the right school and navigating the college application process can be challenging and complicated, with a little forethought and planning, it needn't be as stressful as it might seem.

There are several tips you can use to make the finding the right school for you simpler and easier. For example, Keri Bahar, a college admissions consultant, told NBC News that high school seniors shouldn't dismiss private schools due to tuition fees alone. Instead, you should choose a school based on the quality of its degree program. Similarly, Bahar advised that seniors not focus too heavily on the school's GPA and test scores, as this isn't always a good indicator of the quality of the programs.

Jacques Steinberg, editor of the New York Times educational blog The Choice, said that although tuition fees should factor into your decision, other factors such as the location and demographic of a college and the academic rigor of the program should also be taken into account.

When writing essays, don't write what you think college admissions officers want to hear – answer honestly. Bahar also suggests that high schoolers don't leave college applications to their senior year. Applying to a university can take time, so you may want to consider using a college search engine to find the right college for you before your senior year to get a headstart. 

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