Choosing a School

Choosing a school can be confusing, especially in such a large state. Let us help you do it right.

With hundreds of schools to pick from, choosing to study in California is both an exciting and potentially overwhelming experience. With so many factors to consider, selecting which school to study at can become a challenging experience. Listed below are some important factors to consider while you search for the right school.

Program of Study

Thinking about what field you want to study should be the first step in your school selection process. Think carefully about your academic goals and then search for a school that accommodates those goals. If you need English language support, consider a school that has ESL support courses.


Do you prefer the city life, with bustling streets and shining skyscrapers? Or do you prefer the charming, peaceful atmosphere found in small towns? Perhaps you prefer a blend of both? Regardless of which location you favor, it is important to choose a school that is situated in an area that you will be comfortable living in. You should also consider whether you need a school with housing on campus or off campus.


Some students thrive in a large school environment. Others prefer the more intimate setting of a small school. Still others prefer to be somewhere in between. California is home to a variety of schools both large and small and everything in between. It’s important to make sure that the school you choose is a size that you are comfortable with.


We all know that the price of higher education in the United States can be expensive. However, there is a large variation in price between different schools. Before you choose a school, make sure to sit down and review your budget. Also, check with your potential schools to see if they offer financial assistance to international students.

Activities and Campus Life

The amount and type of activities and campus life schools in the United States have can vary greatly. Schools with on campus housing tend to have a wide range of on campus activities including, but not limited to: clubs, social events and sports. Technical and two-year schools also have activities, but because their focus is on technical or vocational curriculums, on campus activities may differ from those found at other schools.

These are just a few things you may want to consider when choosing a school. Many other considerations may come to mind, so choose carefully and be sure to ask any of the admissions counselors if you have questions.