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By early fall of your senior year of high school, narrow your college choices to three or four. Start by visiting or revisiting your top schools to make sure they’re a good fit.

When scheduling campus visits, ask for an appointment with an admissions representative, financial aid counselor, and a faculty member in your areas of interest. Be prepared with a list of questions. If you can’t visit in person, request a virtual visit.

Once you’ve completed your research and visited campus, it’s time to compare notes and pick your top college choices. Compare schools based on factors like academic programs, size, location, career preparation, internships, and social climate.

For additional details about your top choices, see College Profiles and Nebraska College Costs.