Fac­tor­ing in the quest for qual­ity

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You can find those sta­tis­tics in The Prince­ton Re­view Malaysia’s school pro­files and if you want to im­prove your own num­bers, it has a lot of tools to help.

Ev­ery col­lege has its own spe­cial vibe. You can start nar­row­ing down your list by mak­ing some de­ci­sions about the size of the stu­dent body and ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion, and then move on to aspects you can iden­tify by vis­it­ing cam­pus, talk­ing to cur­rent stu­dents and trust­ing your gut in­stincts. Take qual­ity of life into ac­count too.

Cul­ture:

The cost of col­lege is one of the big­gest con­cerns. The Prince­ton Re­view Malaysia hears that from the stu­dents it works with and sees it on its Col­lege Hopes and Wor­ries Sur­vey. It’s im­por­tant to be re­al­is­tic about your fam­ily’s fi­nances, but also im­por­tant not to cross a school off be­cause of a scary sticker price.

Fi­nan­cial aid:

Many col­leges and univer­si­ties of­fer in­cred­i­ble fi­nan­cial aid pack­ages ( some­times as a com­bi­na­tion of grants and schol­ar­ships, which means no debt at all).

Rais­ing your grades and your SAT or ACT scores will help you be­come more el­i­gi­ble for merit- based fi­nan­cial aid. Also, more and more data on col­lege out­comes – that is, ca­reer place­ment rates and av­er­age start­ing salaries is be­com­ing avail­able, which can help you as­sess the value of in­vest­ing your tu­ition dol­lars in a par­tic­u­lar col­lege.

Are you look­ing for strate­gic col­lege ad­vice based on your per­son­al­ity and goals? The Prince­ton Re­view Malaysia’s col­lege coun­sel­lors will help you find, ap­ply, and get ac­cepted to your dream school.

Con­tact The Prince­ton Re­view Malaysia at 03- 7960 2922/ 9700 or e- mail tprkl. my@ sarabeat­tie. com.

Like its Face­book page ( The Prince­ton Re­view Malaysia) and get a free test.

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