How a Boston Location Factors into College Choice
Check out more than just the campus before you decide
Whether your teen is a freshman or a senior, the “campus visit” remains the best information gathering tool out there. Whether you're visiting Boston-area schools or a college in Timbuktu, the time you spend on-campus only tells part of the story. Exploring the surrounding city or town is an equally important part of the equation. In fact, “location” is one of the top three influencing factors in most students’ choice of school, along with “price” and “prestige.” When evaluating the surrounding city or town consider the following:
Culture:Music, museums, sports, theater, film, multiculturalism
Economics:Top industries and businesses, internship opportunities, non-profit environment
Quality of Life:Local entertainment, outdoor activities, restaurants, community service opportunities, beauty (natural or man-made), weather, air quality, etc.
Access:Public transportation, need for a car, school-based transport, biking, community safety