Almost every high school athlete thinks about what schools will want them to attend their collegiate institutions. But there’s another question that’s just as important: what schools do you wish to attend? The “Best” schools, with the biggest names and the most storied athletic programs aren’t for everyone. Here’s a checklist of the most important things to consider when targeting collegiate institutions:


What part of the country are you interested in and how much does temperature matter? Where would you feel safe? Do you want to stay close to home, get as far away as you can, or are you flexible? Environment: do you want to be in the heart of the city, at a school like Michigan or USC? Out in the country, at a place like Washington? In the suburbs, classic college towns like Gainesville, Huntsville or Lafayette? Be aware that you may feel differently after a year or two…

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