How to Pick the Best Fit University

By Jay Jacobs

How to Pick the Best Fit University

By Jay Jacobs
The enrollment deposit deadline is here, and many of you are still deciding which admission offer to accept. It can be a tough decision! That's why Jay Jacobs, the Director of Enrollment and Admission Operations, breaks down in this post what you can do to make the best choice for you.

At this time of year, you are most likely considering a number of good options for your undergraduate journey. You may be comparing admission offers, merit scholarships, need-based financial aid awards, and other special and prestigious programs to which you’ve been admitted. Tough decisions indeed, but CONGRATULATIONS are in order first and foremost!

Now, I’m here to help you determine the “fit” to the schools that you have been admitted to so that you make the best decision for yourself.

For many of you, the next choice is the hardest one yet. But, having a hard choice now puts you in a really good position. If you are like 80 percent of our first-year class, you will make your decision in the final two weeks of April and many of you will make the choice on April 30, right before the May 1 deadline.

The following list is things you can do to research how you and the institution are aligned. As you do these things, remember to keep in mind the following three questions, which we ask of all of our prospective students: What are you good at? What do you like? What do you want to do with the rest of your life?

1. Visit campus

Look at the admission offices’ visit websites to understand your campus-visit options and determine how to best see campus, academic life, and student life—the life you will lead while on campus over the next four years!

2. Virtual Tour

If you can’t physically visit campus, then consider taking some time with a virtual tour if offered. Often a real student will “show” you around! (Hi, Val!)

3. Admitted student events, in all of their forms

Most schools will offer “special” types of visits for admitted students. At UM, you can shadow a current student around for a day or join us at one of our regional receptions around the world!

4. Talk with current students

This summer, a GPS student will be in touch with you to help you with things like housing, registration, and other helpful reminders (put the football schedule on your calendar!). Use these students as a resource!

5. Reach out to professors and alumni

Get in touch with professors and alumni in your major and ask the questions that you need the answers to!

6. Research career services

Check out the Toppel Career Center and play around on their website. Learn and understand how UM will set you up for success!

Enjoy your journey and we can’t wait to see you on our campus and contributing to the ’Cane Family in August!

Jay Jacobs is the Director of Enrollment and Admission Operations at the University of Miami.