This school is just right: Finding the perfect college size
When you walk into a clothing store, do you grab a pair of pants without looking at the tag and just expect it to fit? Probably not. The same goes for choosing a college - one size does not fit all. Depending on your personality, background and what you're looking for in a school, you may be more suited for a large or small school, which will take more than just a window shopping trip to figure out.
Ready to try on some schools? Here's a sizing chart for college:
Your outfit: Sneakers and a team jersey
You love sports. You jump out of your seat with every goal. You may or may not have a dozen team baseball caps. Chances are, a small, liberal arts school might not be for you. If you really love cheering for talented athletes, you should attend a big university with either a Division I or II sports program. One of the greatest perks of attending a sports school is meeting like-minded people who are just as enthusiastic as you.
Your outfit: Skinny jeans and black-rimmed glasses
Don't deny it: You're a hipster. You listen to Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" on vinyl and stock your fridge with kombucha tea. If you find yourself contemplating what kind of school to attend over a shot of espresso, your search is over: city school. Whether you're in Portland, Oregon; New York, New York; or Boston, Massachusetts, going back to college in a buzzing metropolis will ensure that you learn as much in the classroom as you do while wandering the streets.
Your outfit: Diaper bag and elastic pants
After having a child, you might not even have time to think about going to back to college as an adult. Between shuttling kids to soccer practice and making dinner for the entire family, squeezing in classes during the day may not be possible. But there are college options for you, too: online schools. Because of their flexible options, web-based classes let students choose when and where they want to attend lectures, whether sitting in the shade at your kids' practice or waiting for the laundry to finish drying.