If you could reapply to college, would you make the same decision?


January 10, 2020

Choosing college is a daunting decision with limited information for students around what the experience might be like. With little college experience surrounding them, students who are the first to attend college in their families have an even more challenging decision to make. But even if a student’s parents attended college, their advice is based on outdated experiences from 30 years ago. A lot has changed since then. We often lament how students don’t know what they don’t know, but parents don’t know what they don’t know, either.

Given that over 50% of students report they would redo something significant about their college experience, don’t leave your choice to luck. Reflect on your “why” up-front before you choose, match the options that are the best fit for you, and then make a choice consistent with your why.

Learn more in our new book, Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life.

Michael is a co-founder and distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. He currently serves as Chairman of the Clayton Christensen Institute and works as a senior strategist at Guild Education.