Congratulations! You have been accepted to college — or maybe more than one college. Before you start deciding between meal plans and school clubs, you need to settle on where you’ll go.

The colleges you have been accepted to will have a lot to offer, but it’s up to you to choose which one benefits you the most. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you decide.

What’s the Best Program for My Chosen Major?

Talk to professors in your chosen department during your campus visit to get a feel for the program and alumni. If you’re undecided, does the school have options you would be interested in once you settle on a major? Ensure that the curriculum is relevant to your goals and interests.

What Kind of Setting Can I Live In?

Do you enjoy living in a big city? Or do you feel more secure living close to home? Would you rather be in a smaller, more rural environment? It’s crucial to choose a setting that you feel comfortable in. Ask yourself where you’d like to study and think about the places you prefer. Once you’ve narrowed down some locations, think about the size of the college.

Small colleges typically have fewer than 1,000 students, which means class sizes are small and student-to-faculty ratio is low. Large colleges can have more than 35,000 students, so class sizes are much larger and the student body vastly outnumbers the faculty. If you learn best through listening and observation, a large college might be perfect for you, but if you prefer a smaller setting and hands-on teaching, a smaller college may be more appealing.

Are There Housing Options that Fit My Lifestyle?

Research your housing options. What type of living environment are you comfortable in? Do you prefer to live solo or with roommates? Most students live in the dorms on campus their freshman year. Dorms provide easier access to campus amenities and places, but for some, the lack of privacy and higher cost could be an issue. If you prefer more privacy and potentially lower costs, check for off-campus housing options.

Do the Meal Plans Meet My Needs?

Does the school offer a variety of affordable meal plans? Are meal plans required if you live in the dorms? How is the quality of the food in the dining halls and are there other food options nearby? Some dorms include kitchens where you can cook food yourself and save on meals. If you have dietary restrictions, make sure the school gives you enough options.

Are There Extracurricular Activities for My Interests?

Academics aside, think about what else the school has to offer. Are there any sports and activities that interest you? Lots of schools have intramural sports leagues for those who don’t want to commit to the school’s formal sports teams. Many have clubs ranging from dance and arts, to science and gaming, so find out if there are any organizations that match your interests.

Are There Flexible Scheduling Options?

If you’re trying to work a part-time job while pursuing an education, check to see if the school has flexible scheduling options (e.g., online courses, night and weekend classes). Be aware of how many classes you need to take to qualify as a full-time student and what schedules are like. Some classes meet multiple times a week and different majors may have different class formats.

Are Study Abroad Programs Available?

If you’ve always wanted to study abroad, consider whether these programs are offered. Check to see if the university supports students who study abroad and whether these credits would transfer. You might only receive transfer credits if you attend a specific school or take a pre-approved course. Study abroad programs can vary from school to school, and some have higher quality programs than others. So if study abroad is a priority, it’s important to vet the school’s offerings.

What Percentage of Students Graduate and Get Jobs?

Think about your future job and internship prospects. If there aren’t opportunities in your field near the school, you might have to relocate when you start your career. It’s also important to consider schools with high job placement rates and an active career services office for added reassurance that you are more likely to find a job after graduation. It may also be helpful to review the school’s graduation and retention rate. What percentage of students graduate and get their degrees? How many continue after their freshman year?

Can You See Yourself Happy?

Ask yourself whether or not this college fulfills your expectations. Does this college meet your needs personally and academically? Is the campus a place you could see yourself spending the next four to five years? Can you imagine going to any other school more than this one? Choose a school where you can see yourself growing and thriving — not just attending to get a degree.

Collect the information you’ve gathered and create a pro–con list. Rank each college by factors that are unique to your personal and financial needs. Once you’re done with the list, do a side-by-side comparison to see which college best meets your needs.

Choosing a college can be difficult and overwhelming, but knowing what to look for can help you choose the school that’s the best fit for you.