How do you describe where you live? City? Suburb? Country? What aspects of your current location do you like or not like? How far are you willing to go from home? As you explore colleges, one thing to consider is the location of the college. Location can make a significant impact on your college experience. Think about where you want to go to school.
What’s in a location?
Here are some terms and definitions used in college “locations”:
- Major City: Population 300,000 and more or within a 25-mile radius of a metropolitan area
- Small-Medium City: Population 75,000-299,999 or within 15 to 25 miles of a metropolitan area
- Large Town: Population 25,000-74,999 or within 10-mile radius of a large town
- Small Town: Population 5,000-24,999 or within 5-mile radius of a small town
- Rural: Population under 5,000, in, or near a rural community
Things to consider related to location:
- Distance from home
- Nearest airport or train station
- Nearest large city
- Nearest outdoor experiences (beach, mountains, etc.)
- Popular student gathering places on campus
- Popular student gathering places off campus
- Nearest tourist attractions
- Movies, shopping, restaurants, or other entertainment activities nearby
- Employment/Internship opportunities
- Your faith community – on or off campus
Be sure to explore all the options. View the college website for virtual tours. Check out how many freshmen live on campus. Check for information on the surrounding community. Most importantly, look it up on a map.
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Happy college hunting!
Burcak Deniz Cakir
Founder and President | EdMission Possible
Burcak Deniz Cakir has a B.A. in Foreign Language Education, an M.A. in English Language Teaching, and an M.B.A., all of which have laid the solid foundation for her professional experiences as an educator. She has completed the College Counseling Program at UCLA, which is known to be the most prestigious certificate program in the profession. She has previously taught English as a Foreign/Second Language (EFL/ESL) in Turkey and in the U.S. at Virginia Tech, Harcum College, Rutgers University (Newark and New Brunswick Campuses), and Pace University. Having taught EFL/ESL at the college level for over 20 years, Burcak can communicate effectively with college-age students from different countries. She is bilingual in Turkish and English. Her extensive experience with international students from many countries including but not limited to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and China has given her the opportunity to understand their unique problems that domestic students may not be facing throughout the college admissions process, such as but not limited to extra testing requirements (TOEFL, IELTS), the translation of high school transcripts and recommendation letters, different financial forms and statements required, visa issues, being homesick, culture shock, etc.
Burcak is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a Voting Member of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). She currently lives in Edison, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and her four-legged son. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her family, reading (lots!) about college admissions and college essays, watching her favorite movies, getting lost in design magazines, and decorating her house.
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