When looking at colleges, I always ask students to first look within yourself, a self assessment that I call the 5 I’s:
- Identity: How do you see yourself and how do others see you?
- Intellect: How do you think and approach the acquisition of knowledge?
- Ideas: What do you think and why?
- Interests: What do you choose to do when you have the time and flexibility?
- Inspiration: What really motivates you?
After looking within yourself, then consider the 5 most important characteristics that you want out of your college experience. Then assess colleges with these preferences in mind and through a framework I refer to as the 4 C’s.
- Culture: What is the history and mission of the institution. How is the mission relevant today?
- Curriculum: More than a listing of majors and programs, what is the design and aim of the courses you will take over 4 years?
- Community: Who are the people, the physical spaces of campus and the relationship of the campus to the local environment?
- Conclusions: What should I envision for myself at the end of my college experience? What are some of the outcomes I may expect?
Eric J. Furda C’87
Dean of Admissions