For many high school students, choosing a college – the place where you will spend the best four years of your life – is a daunting decision. There is comfort in knowing that there are so many great options – but that too can make choosing even harder. So how do you decide where to go to college?
The following is advice from UConn’s campus tour guides – who also applied to many schools, went on lots of tours, and ultimately decided UConn was the best choice for them.
Hi, Alex here. I chose UConn mainly for financial reasons. It is really affordable for my family. However, after having a campus tour at UConn, I absolutely fell in love with it. The business program is excellent and has many great opportunities for me to develop and grow up. The whole campus is gorgeous! Also, with nearly 13,000 students choose to live on campus, it means I am always surrounded with people. They are there for me whenever I need them, support me and encourage me.
Hey everybody, it’s Anthony. I was able to narrow down my college choices to three: UConn, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Florida. I chose UConn because of its strong reputation as an educational institution, it’s proximity from my home, and the financial assistance I received. My cousin attended UConn so I heard lots of stories about Huskymania, especially the 2004 National Championship games for the Men’s and Women’s teams. So glad I got to see a Basketball Championship my freshman year as well!
Hello, Amanda here! I toured many different universities trying to find the school for me including Northeastern, University of Maryland, University of Colorado, Temple, BC, BU and Gettysburg. All were great schools and I really enjoyed touring them but I picked UConn because as a larger university there were so many opportunities available to the students that may not be available at smaller schools. These opportunities include different internships, a large network of alumni and many options for financial aid.
Hey everyone, it’s me! Tyler D! After touring colleges all over New England, it really came down between Northeastern University and UConn. The major difference for me was the atmosphere of the University. I found that in the city schools, there was very little connection to the school itself; there was very little school pride and most of what you could do would be found “off campus,” or just off in the city. For me, being at UConn means that everyone around me has a connection with the University, and in turn, a connection with me. I actually feel like part of the school, and not just another person in a large city. And for me that was the deciding factor.
Hey everyone its Taijah! I loved UConn instantly but I did tour other schools. My list was made up of huge sports schools because I am THE sports fanatic but all of the schools I applied to had great academics as well. I am a fan of the larger university style so I applied to the University of Southern California, West Virginia University, Syracuse University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Southern Connecticut State University as my safety school. Besides SCSU, all of these schools, on paper, were very similar to UConn. However after visiting a few I didn’t get that “feeling” that they were right for me in the way I felt about UConn. The more I did my research regarding student and academic life I realized UConn was for me because it was the best value school. I have a membership at a gym, tutoring services, career services, and bus lines, all for free. No other university compared to UConn in this aspect and that was why I eventually chose UConn!
Taylor here! So why did I end up choosing the University of Connecticut? Strangely enough, my favorite thing about UConn is that we are located in Storrs, CT. Because there is little surrounding the University detracting from it, everything happens right here on campus! The energy of the campus and spirit of the students is exactly how I knew UConn was the perfect fit for me. Furthermore, I am fortunate enough for my parents to be paying for my entire college education and am therefore graduating with zero debt – one of the perks of being an instate student.
Hi everyone, Jason here! A lot of people ask me why I chose UConn. Well for me it was between UConn and Penn State and I really could not make a decision. I was accepted to Penn State first and was not accepted to UConn until the very last minute before I had to decide. Upon UConn’s acceptance, I received a scholarship and that made my decision even harder because I was mentally prepared to go to Penn State since I had ruled UConn because I had not heard from them. However, I sat down with my family and we listed out the reasons to go to UConn Vs. Penn State and I realized that they were very similar but, there was one major difference and that was the scholarship. That pretty much determined my decision and I could not be happier that I chose to go to UConn.
Hello hello folks, Daniel here! I was looking at 17 different schools all over the country, so it was a tough decision that I could not make until the absolute deadline. I was looking for schools in my major, athletic training, but I always wanted a school that could become a home for me. Coming from the city, I wanted a similar environment that could also provide new experiences and I found that at UConn. With over 17,000 students in here, there are so many people to meet and so many opportunities to get involved. I was lucky to know that going to one of the top 20 public schools in the country just happened to be a perfect fit for me, both in major, clubs, Greek life, and diverse cultures.
Hello everyone, Brooke here! I took quite a few college tours in my day and applied to many of those schools including Southern Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University. At the top of my list were Salve Regina University and Providence College. I thought I wanted a small university but I wasn’t sure if Education was going to definitely be my major. UConn had that small school feeling but the flexibility a large school can offer so it was a good fit for me. In retrospect, UConn had the most opportunities I could take advantage of and I’m not sure the other schools would have been as good of a fit. Ultimately, I’m glad I chose UConn.
Hello everyone, Taylor here! When going through the college search process, I looked at my different types of schools: big schools, small schools, city and rural. I looked at universities like Boston University, University of New Hampshire, Holy Cross University, and Brown University.
Hey all, Sarah here! My main criteria when looking at schools was that I would only go to a school that was either in Connecticut or touching Connecticut– I was not ready to be that far from home. I also had my heart set on Boston; five out of the seven schools I applied to were in that area. I looked at Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Bentley, Emerson, Quinnipiac, and UConn. In the end UConn was the right fit in every way. It was one of the larger schools that I looked at and I knew that there would be many opportunities for me to get involved with all the different things that I am interested in. I knew for the longest time that I wanted to do business and UConn has the #1 public business school in the northeast. Also, I did marching band all throughout high school and even though I did not want to be a music major I was not ready to give it up yet. UConn was only one of two schools that I looked at that had a marching band. The marching band at UConn is absolutely amazing and has over 300 members. UConn has worked out wonderfully for me and I wouldn’t have changed the past year for anything!
Hey there, it’s Sebastian! :) The college application process was extremely hectic for me, as it is for most individuals. I was fortunate to have many options: Carnegie Melon, Emory, Michigan, SMU, Pittsburgh, Elon, UCLA, and many more! I applied to over twenty schools and I did not have UConn in mind because I wanted to flee Connecticut and start a new life. Thanks to my wonderfully productive and helpful guidance counselor, who is a UConn graduate, I was persuaded to apply to UConn. Thank goodness I did! UConn gave me the best financial aid package and a renewable four year leadership Scholarship that allows me to have a debt free four years. I didn’t really want to attend until I came to UConn, it was then that I fell in love. I have no regrets about choosing UConn because I enjoy all its supportive communities.