Akron Central Schools prides itself on helping students build upon their ACS successes by gaining admission to colleges that will serve their needs well. In our role as high school counselors we assist students and parents in identifying a range of schools at which students can be both happy and successful, and help students present themselves to those schools in the best possible light.
To assist with the college selection and application process, the ACS counselors have developed a number of pages and provided links to a number of web sites we have found to be helpful.
There is no question that for most students, deciding where to apply is complicated. Your decision will be influenced heavily by some factors over which you have no control by the beginning of your senior year--the grades you have already earned. It will also be influenced by factors which are entirely personal. It's normal to change your mind several times as you try to decide where to apply. The fact is, there is no precise step-by-step process that will allow you to choose that one mythical perfect college. For nearly every student, there are a large number of institutions where you would be happy and successful.
If the process of choosing that perfect college seems unsystematic and haphazard--you're right. In the end, every decision about which college to attend is subjective. There are many colleges which will offer you a great education, so you need to keep an open mind as you begin your search.