How to find the college that REALLY fits your goals

You have more college choices than you think.

Did you know there are approximately 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States? That leaves you, the college applicant, with many choices and opportunities. I’m willing to bet many you’ve never heard of but could be your ideal fit. Often, students are “sold” on a college’s “name” and what they’ve heard. The college may have high-ranking and famous alumni. This does not necessarily mean you’ve found the school of your dreams.  Additionally, someone’s right fit does not mean it’s the best fit for you. Fit is always more important than the rank of the school.

Northeastern University, located in Boston, MA is rated as first in the country for students from India, according to the website An analysis of student visa data suggests that in 2018, as many as 183,312 Indian students came to the U.S. to study at American colleges and universities. From this pool of 183,312, Northeastern was home to approximately 2,111 Indian students. You also get the chance to connect with current and prospective Northeastern students on Facebook at

Types of Schools

What kind of school makes you feel at home? Large and urban? Small and rural? Would you like the co-op opportunity? Do you want to attend a school where many of your friends will attend? There are many things to consider. These are a few of the things I explore with each student to guide them in finding the right college for them.

There’s an amazing group of schools listed as Colleges That Change Lives. These schools were chosen because they “ help students frame their search to find a college or university that cultivates a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond their degree.”

Additionally, there are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., with Georgetown being the oldest. A Jesuit school lives by the motto to be of service to others. You don’t need to be Catholic or religious to apply or attend.

We can search for schools by major, cost, location, academic rigor, and scholarship availability. You can view many campuses virtually right here:

Community Colleges or Trade Schools

Beyond four-year schools, Community colleges or two-year colleges are an excellent way to get started and complete your general education courses before heading to a four-year university. This is a cost-effective way to get an education as well. Here, you can obtain an associate degree, certificate, or diploma. You have many options in front of you, so let’s explore what is the best choice that meets your needs.

Liberal Arts Colleges/SLACS

A liberal arts college or liberal arts institution of higher education is a college with an emphasis on undergraduate study in liberal arts and general sciences. My alma mater, Loyola University, New Orleans is a LAC.

Private universities and private colleges are institutions of higher education, not operated, owned, or institutionally funded by the government financial aid packages for students are often available thanks to private benefactors.

Art colleges are institutions that provide students with courses and training in arts like fashion, music, and studio art. Think Savannah College Art & Design or NY Fashion Institute. Did you realize you had so many options? You do. Let’s explore them together at a complimentary meet and greet. Schedule it today.


Gerene Keesler

Gerene Keesler

Enthusiastic, Student Affairs and College Counseling professional providing over 20+ years of superior customer service and academic advising, admissions, and career coaching.

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