How to Choose the Right College

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

Navigating the college selection process isn’t easy. That's why we created the S.A.F.E framework, which helps teens and parents understand how to evaluate colleges in each key area. We break down what to consider for each factor: social, academic, financial and employment in order to zero in on the right college fit. The intent is to help students find the right fit the first time, avoiding costly transfers and major changes—not to mention unnecessary debt. Figuring out how to choose the right college can feel overwhelming or impossible. However, the process is easier if you have timely, relevant information at your fingertips. With HelloCollege’s college placement consulting services and the S.A.F.E. framework, you can be confident you’re on the path to finding the right college fit.

Choose the Right College

How to Use the S.A.F.E College Fit Methodology
Social Fit

Ensuring the school matches up with the student’s unique personality will mean they stay for the long run and enjoy their time at the school. There are many schools to choose from—over 5,000, in fact. Find a college where you will fit in.

Academic Fit

Basically, academics and admissions break down into two categories: factors you can choose and factors the school requires. You want to match your academic interests with a college, but ultimately you must be able to get in.

Financial Fit

College costs can be confusing and intimidating, but if y