1. What I knew
Being in the middle of high school, I am thinking about my future more than ever now. I have made mostly A’s and B’s all of my life, so I will probably have the chance to go to a good college if I choose to do so. This decision will be one of the biggest decisions of my life, and I will need to put much thought and research into this decision. Early in my life, I began going to Clemson University football, baseball, and soccer games. For this reason, I am now a big Clemson fan, and I hope to go there for my college career. Another college I am interested in is Furman University. I have grown up most of my life living on the outskirts of Furman, and I have also been to many sports and educational camps there. I am very interested in learning more information about each of these colleges. Would Clemson or Furman be better for my college career? 2. Story of my search
Over the past few months I have been researching many different aspects of both Clemson and Furman University. My search started on February 14th when our class went to the Wade Hampton High School Media Center. To start, I made a very broad search of “Furman University Scholarships” in Google, to find the scholarships available at Furman. I found a web site, http://www.cappex.com/page/meritAid/programList.jsp;jsessionid=BB1645C5AD168050FC76ED053DF69064.server6?id=218070&collegeID=218070, which had a list of the scholarships at Furman. On that web site, there was a link (that took me to a database called The National Center for Education Statistics. This site had information about both Furman and Clemson. I found information about costs, admissions, enrollment, athletic programs, campus life, and majors of both colleges. On February 10th we went back to the media center and I went back to the National Center for Education Statistics and finished my research on Furman. The next time we went to the media center was February 15th. On that day I was searching for a book that could be helpful. I was looking for a book that had information on specifically Furman or Clemson, and while I was searching, I found a book called College Admissions for the High School Athlete. This book contained helpful information on admissions and scholarships in general, not to a specific school. That same day I was searching for a periodical so I went to Google and searched “Clemson periodical.” This came up with a link to the Clemson World Magazine, where I found information on Clemson’s campus beauty and preservation. The next day we went to the library was the 2nd of March. On that day, I went back to the site of The National Center for Education Statistics and searched for information about Clemson University. I found information about Clemson’s cost, enrollment, majors, athletic programs, scholarships and campus life. I completed my research on Clemson on this site. 3. What I Learned
There are many things to consider when choosing a college and this decision will affect the rest of your life. On important factor to consider when looking is the cost of the college. The costs of Furman and Clemson are two very different numbers. According to the National Center for Education Services, if I chose to go to Furman, I would pay $50,936 every year. This is a total of all the costs including tuition, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses. Tuition for students coming from in-state is $38,088 which is very high because Furman is a private school. At Furman, that books and supplies every year cost $1,150 and the room and board costs $9,572. Some other costs total up to $2,126 per year. However with hard work earning scholarships and grants, the average price per year goes down to $24,220, this all according to the National Center for Education Services. According to Cappex, Some scholarships that would be available at Furman would be the Palmetto Fellows, the SC Life, and the National Merit scholarships. All of these...