How to Make the Most of Your College Search Process

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If you are a prospective college student for the upcoming academic year, which school you’ll attend in the fall is probably at the top of your mind. Whether you have many options to choose from or you have narrowed down your list to a few colleges, deciding which school you’ll attend is a big decision!  

Knowing a few pro tips when selecting a college can ease your mind and help you pick a quality program that meets your needs. Here are a few ways to make the most of your college search.  

Visit Campuses

Visiting college campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a college has to offer. Campus tours give you not only the opportunity to see what it's like to be on campus, but also the chance to speak with students and faculty members about the student experience. Many universities also have a sample-a-class option where students can sit in on a university class and get a first-hand look at what their days would be like if they chose to attend that school.

For those who are not able to physically visit a college campus, most schools have virtual tour options available. Whether that means exploring campus online, taking a Skype tour with a student or faculty member, or virtually chatting with students and admissions offers, consider finding ways to explore a campus online if you cannot visit in person.

If you would like to schedule a tour of Seattle Film Institute (SFI), contact our team!

Explore Curriculum Options

College curricula come in many shapes and sizes. While some students are interested in traditional four-year universities, others are interested in technical training, fast-track programs, or vocational school. Exploring your options and finding a program that meets your educational needs is a tangible way to make the most of your college search. The most important thing is finding the right curriculum for you!

For students who are interested in film, SFI offers several different degree options. Our students can choose from:

  • A certificate program for students who would like to finish their film credentials in just over a year

  • A Bachelor of Arts- for students who already have their general education credits taken care of can earn their BA degree in 13 months.

  • A self-paced option for students who have unique scheduling needs and hope to finish their education at their own pace

Focus on Your End Goal

Some students have a specific career in mind at the onset of college. Others may have a general field they are interested in but might be unsure of exactly what they want to pursue. Students who are undecided in their major may look for universities where it is easy to change majors or explore a few departments before selecting one. On the other hand, students interested in a specific career path or vocation should investigate the best educational options for getting into their desired field.

College degrees are a big investment, so exploring how each option can help you reach your goals is a great way to make the most of your college search. Some ways to determine whether your prospective programs meet these criteria are:

  • Research specific majors and programs to see how they line up with your goals.

  • Speak with university faculty and advisors about how various programs can move you toward your goals. You may also consider asking them about previous students’ experiences in the program and careers alumni have pursued after graduating.

  • Explore what opportunities programs afford beyond the classroom, including internships, unique class projects, and other ways to get professional experience while you are a student.

At Seattle Film Institute, we believe in helping our students explore various aspects of filmmaking in the classroom to reach their professional goals. To learn more about our admissions process and academic programs, visit our website. Best of luck with your college search!