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Selecting a College… What’s in a Location?

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As you explore colleges, one thing to consider is the location of the college. According to US News and World Report, the selection process doesn’t need to be overwhelming for students and parents. Worry less; smile more.

Location can make a significant impact on your college experience. Think about where you want to go to school. Here are terms used in college “locations” with definitions:  

  • Major City: Population 300,000 or more: or within a 25 mile radius of a metropolitan area. 
  • Small-Medium City:  Population 75,000-299,999 or within 15-25 mile radius of its 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. 


How do you know what college will be best for you?   Search for:

  • Nearest airport.
  • Nearest large city.
  • Nearest outdoor experiences (beach, mountains, etc.).
  • Popular student gathering places on campus.
  • Popular student gathering places off campus.
  • Activities available on weekends at the school.
  • Activities available on weekends in the community.
  • Movie, bowling or other recreational activities nearby?
  • Employment opportunities. 
  • Your faith community- on or off campus.  

Be sure to explore all the options. Martha O”Connell from National Public Radio states that the college search doesn’t have to begin and end with the Ivy League. Find a college that works for your child. 

Take Action 

  • Use the Guided Search feature on the Get Knowledge for College website to explore the location of colleges you are interested in.



  • Most importantly, according to schoolguides.com never make your final college selection without visiting at least two of your top choices.

 Blessings to you and your family.

 Michael M.





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