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College List-Making Tips for High School Sophomore

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I'm a high school sophomore that currently lives in Nashville. I've been asking around lately about how to choose my colleges for the future and it seems like I'm not getting a very clear answer from all these older college friends around me. I heard College Confidential is a great place to ask for advice and to get in touch with true experts regarding college and future education. I am mainly sending you this email to ask an important question about choosing colleges. How should I pick my safety schools, match schools and reach schools?

Should I pick a major that I'm interested in and then search (e.g., "Best engineering colleges in the US"?) or should I look at other factors? And if it's the latter, which factors are the most important?

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