Tips for Finding Your College Fit

Oct 2, 2023

Contributed by Maxwell Gocala-Nguyen, Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Engagement & Jay Pulley, Coordinator, Undergraduate Recruitment and Outreach | George Mason University.

Planning for college can be both scary and exciting. New beginnings, the opportunity to follow your passions and the prospect of entering a world all your own can generate many positive emotions. However, figuring out how to begin your search can bring an onslaught of anxiety and uncertainty as the questions of where to look, where to turn and what is needed to make the best decision run through your mind. Since there is so much to think about, use these tips to help you choose the program that’s right for you.


As universities embrace a hybrid environment, many schools have invested heavily in their websites to create the most user-friendly experience possible. Be sure to search every school you are interested in and spend some time digging. Look at scholarships and deadlines, watch videos and pay attention to what they highlight in their photos.


The campus tour is the best way to “find your fit.” It should help clear up any uncertainty as to whether or not you can see yourself roaming campus in between classes. If you enjoy the buildings, the residence halls and the paths to and from your potential classes, you might be interested in this school. But it may be best to keep searching if you do not feel a connection.

Many schools now offer in-depth digital tours of their campus. These are a great substitute if an in-person visit is cost-prohibitive or does not work with your schedule. Watching the tour should still elicit the same excitement and intrigue as a walk around campus.


Figuring out your college plans is a significant decision that is ultimately your personal choice to make. Speaking with your family, friends, teachers, coaches and communities is important, but there are many others you need to consider. Talk to current students, professors, alumni and admissions counselors. Get their perspectives and hear what they have to say. Ask questions like:

  • Why did you choose this school?
  • What do you do after class/on the weekends?
  • What has been the best experience on campus?
  • What do you wish you knew when searching for colleges you know now?
  • How does this school prepare you for after graduation?

These questions are only the beginning, but they should help start a conversation and spark more questions for you to ask.


Whether living on campus or commuting, you will eventually eat something on campus. Try the food, explore the options and look at what others eat and/or where they go. This may sound minor, but no one wants to eat at the same disappointing burger bar for the duration of their degree.

College is a big decision. You have all the tools you need to make it the best experience possible, but the research you do now is crucial. As a recruiter, it is our job to help answer your questions. Whether you reach out to us or someone like us at another school, please make the connection and let us help you find your perfect fit.


George Mason University

The George Mason University School of Business creates career-ready business graduates through rigorous, stimulating business programs based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, we prepare the next generation of business leaders through a range of innovative academic degree programs, executive education programs, and international alliances.Our school welcomes all to engage in the growth of our programs, offerings, and educational outreach. Through competitive internships, strong alumni networks, and globally connected educational programs, we continually work to provide an innovative experience to all we encounter.

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