There are numerous lists of the best national colleges or the best regional colleges, even the best liberal arts colleges or the colleges with the best library.

There are almost as many definitions of best as there are people wanting to go to college!

So how do you determine which college is best for you?

First, you really need to take a good look at yourself and your motivation for going to college. Are you aiming to excel in a certain career, are you looking for a particular type of collegiate experience or do you just want to get as far away from home as humanly possible?
Knowing the answers to those questions will help you start to shortlist which schools might be a potential match.

Secondly, are you a label kind of person? Do names matter to you? If so, then you are probably going to be looking at those colleges that have become a brand, a household name that everybody recognises. Again, this will determine which colleges you look at.

Keep an open mind. Do not let the tuition cost of certain colleges scare you out of thinking about them. This is because there are many financing options available for the right students. All you need to do at this time is come up with a wish list, so assume money poses no problem.

What would you like to study? You might not have an exact idea what you want to major in, but few freshmen do. A general idea is good enough. Then find out which of the colleges on your wish list offer this program.

Are you looking for the anonymity of a huge school or would you like a smaller, more intimate community? It is important that you feel comfortable at the school of your choice so look for a size that fits you. Just because you went to a small high school does not mean you necessarily need to look for a small college - you might find you enjoy a larger playing field, so to speak. That said, choosing to stick with a smaller campus is fine,too, if that is what you are comfortable with.

Try and narrow your selection down slowly based on criteria that is important to you until you have a handful of options.  If you possibly can, arrange campus visits for the remaining options. See if you can sit in on a class to get a real feel for how the faculty and students interact with each other.

Now is the time to start looking at what financial options are available for your various choices. 
Ultimately, the best college for you is the one that ticks as many of your criteria as possible and that you will be happy attending.options available