Juniors: Keep your college list balanced

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In the college world there are “hidden gems” out there — many just as academically rich & affordable as the UC’s. Admission to the UC campuses has become unpredictable and many admission experts are now referring to the UC’s as “wild card” schools. While UC & CSU campuses are popular options among California high school students and their parents, there are many other impressive & affordable options out there. People are often under the impression that private schools are always pricier than a UC — not necessarily true. Students just need to apply to the right colleges, and they need to apply well. Applying to colleges that “fit” is the KEY to finding an affordable college education.

Create a balanced list of colleges and universities during junior year. College is fast approaching so it’s important to start researching your options early. Look at the UCs, CSUs, plus public and private schools — both in and out of state. Don’t simply settle for just one type of college; create a nice varied list of colleges that speaks to your interests, academically and otherwise.

You want great college options in the end. Deciding which college you want to attend is one of the most important decisions of your life. Take time to research & visit different types of institutions to find which ones are the right fit for you. Keep your mind open for as long as you can — you may be surprised by what you find!


At Navigatio we create balanced lists for our students based on their academics, interests and family financial situations. There are hundreds of amazing colleges around the country that aren’t as well known as others. They aren’t “name brand” schools. We consider all components of what you’re looking for when seeking out colleges — factors which include cost of attending, academics, social activities, setting, etc. We can help create a balance list of colleges around the country — both private and public — that fit your needs.

We tour colleges continuously so we have a strong sense of what is happening in the ever-changing college admissions landscape. We have visited hundreds of colleges around the country and can provide first-hand knowledge of what each college offers and what they’re recognized for. Our one-on-one consultations allow us to become familiar with your interests and expectations for college — from there we can help match you up with colleges that are right for you.

Call us at (818) 207-0263 to schedule a one-one-one consultation to get started!