You may have a high school student in your home and the time is getting closer for you to help them choose a college. But making the right college choice is harder than just picking a brochure and filling out some applications. You have to make sure your child finds a college that fits their needs academically. This contributed post provides a couple of useful tips that may make this important decision a lot easier. 

Ah, the teenage years. A time full of turmoil for everyone who has to go through them: new relationships, breakups, finally getting let in on all the family secrets… And then there’s the idea that you have to arrange the entirety of the rest of your life in the two years before you hit the age of 18 and have to go live it. Something just doesn’t seem to add up there!

But there are some ways to make it easier, and that’s to find the options you really like and could see yourself doing years down the line, or to find the options you know aren’t going to be too serious for you, and you can change whenever you like. First stop: choosing a college or sixth form.

We focus a lot on what university we should go to, but before we get there, we have to go through the college stage! So if you’ve got a student in your household, or you are one, looking to start a career on a high note, it’s time to choose the right college to act as the best stepping stone.

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Find Somewhere with Interesting Subjects

The sixth form is going to be an interesting time to live through, and because of that, you’re going to want it to be as interesting as possible, whether you’re the student or not! Studying the subjects you were always interested in at school, and not having to study anything else, is a Godsend from the get-go, but that doesn’t mean every day you’re going to be on an academic cloud nine.

So give different subjects a chance, and feel free to try something out for a weeks before you change your mind. If you like the look and description of a class, but once you’re in there it’s nothing like you hoped, you can go back to more traditional classes with better teachers and hopefully people just like you.

Find Somewhere You Feel You Could Fit In

Just because a college or sixth form is nearest to you doesn’t mean it’s going to be the right one for you! Because of that, look into the catchment areas of any nearby education center, especially the ones you like the sound of. And hey, if all your friends are going to one-sixth form, you don’t have to join the party and go there too (although this can sometimes be beneficial)!

There are all kinds of colleges out there, such as same-gender colleges that offer unique opportunities that you wouldn’t find in mixed. You can visit to find such a school, filled with all ages and backgrounds. It might just be the kind of place for you to get your head down and get on with preparing for the career you’ve always wanted, surrounded by people who support you.

Choosing a college is going to be a big decision, no matter how light it seems in society. Go where you want to go!


As you already know, going to college is going to be one of the most important decisions your child can make,  so choosing a college that is best for your child is just as important. You want to start taking the time to weigh your options as soon as possible. 

Your child’s counsellor at school will often help them expand their options but this is a decision process that you as a parent should be very active in. Take the time to find out what subjects really interest your child and what majors they are interested in so you can make a list of different colleges to fit their needs.

You will also want to take into consideration the location of the school. Some students may feel safer closer to where they live while others will be okay with long distance. 

So as you can see choosing a school for your child will not be about which school is the most popular but which school is the best fit for your child. 

What do you think is the hardest thing about choosing a college?

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