Determining Whether An In-State Or Out-Of-State College Experience Is Right For You
Finding the college that has the curriculum and social fit for your needs can be quite challenging. In some instances, students will have to venture outside of their native state to receive proper instruction and the experience they’re looking for. There are plenty of students, on the other hand, who will be satisfied with schools either in their local area or within their state lines. These students will still receive quality instruction and will more than likely make the best of their social environment, the same as an out-of-state student. So which option is right for you? It depends! You can start this decision making process by asking yourself some of the questions below.
In-State vs. Out-of-State Considerations
When spending time mulling over applications between your most likely choices of in-state colleges or out-of-state colleges, take a moment to consider these questions:
- Are you meeting admission standards? Many students will find that it is easier to be accepted into local in-state colleges than out-of-state ones. Many universities have high percentages of admitted in-state applicants than they do out-of-state applicants. Meaning if you do plan on applying to schools out of state, you may have to overcome more competitive standards to be admitted.
- Is your family financially prepared for either tuition option? College is inherently expensive, even the most cheap options. The most expensive way to attend is typically by the way of out-of-state tuition, which comes in much higher than in-state tuition on average. Some scholarships may also only be honored in the state they’re offered, meaning they might not be worth anything if you plan on attending an out-of-state school. Keep these things in mind when planning finances.
- Will you be prepared to travel often? Whether you select an in-state school, or out-of-state one, you’ll likely have to travel home at some point. This is much easier done when you remain in-state, though. Out-of-state will require you to travel, and depending on how far away you’re studying, travel expenses can add up. Prepare accordingly.
- Ready to say goodbye to your comfort zone? College is an experience that will push nearly every student outside of what they know to be familiar and encourage them to adapt accordingly. This is especially true of out-of-state students. Coming into contact with a different part of the country that may have differing weather, local culture and the like can really help a person grow and learn.
Make Your Decision After Some Reflection
The decision ultimately comes down to what you and your family thinks is best for you. Best practice is typically applying for both a safe in-state and out-of-state option so that if you do end up accepted to both, you can truly feel confident in your decision on where you want to end up. Take some time to reflect on what the school truly has to offer, once you’re sure that it matches exactly what you’re looking for, take the leap. If you’re interested in learning more from the professionals, consider visiting EncourageMe and downloading the app to access their resources.