How to Choose the Right College

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Students in a class at San Jose State University. (Photo: Jessica Olthof/San Jose State University)

College acceptance letters have gone out and many families are now facing some tough choices. As we approach the deadline for graduating high school seniors to choose their next step, Forum looks at the best strategies for choosing the right school -- and common mistakes to avoid.


Jeff Selingo, contributing writer, The Washington Post; author, "There is Life After College" and "College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students"

Ethan Ris, founder, Ethan Ris and Associates College Admissions Counseling

Esmeralda Ortiz, director, high school success programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Penninsula