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we're here today with Sean Logan director of College counseling at Phillips Academy Sean one of the big things that students often think about is what type of campus they're looking for so if I'm a student how should I be kind of approaching that process sure so I think the first thing you'd want to think about is sort of location how far away from home do you want to be and and what that means to you so thinking a little bit about sort of distance weather sometimes plays into that do you want to be in a different climate the same climate what does that mean so that certainly the first thing that students think about is distance and location great and are there sort of some benefits that you've seen of students you work with staying close to home or or going farther away sure enough for lots of students are different reasons they may want to do that I think it's always worth I think a lot of students at first will say well I want to stay close to home just cuz that's what's comfortable that's what's natural but I would push you know any of you out there listening to this to think about going to schools that may be a little bit further away because those schools may have things that you know can be that you get from being away from home and not having quick access to home and especially around independence but also just again it really having to engage in that community that you're in because you can't easily get home you know on a bus ride or something like that great that makes sense what about size of school because obviously you know for students you know for me if I'm talking as a student it's going to have a big impact on on the campus feel depending on how many students are out there and so let's start with defining schools typically fall into three categories there are small schools and those small schools generally fall between you know upwards of maybe 3,000 students 0 to 3,000 students sort of medium-sized schools and those schools are generally probably from 3,000 to say 10,000 students and the third type is large schools and again large schools are probably 10,000 plus and some of those schools can be upwards of you know Ohio State University University of Michigan schools like that can be upwards of almost 40,000 students so again there are there can be very very big schools out there and how does the size of the student bodies of impact the college experience you know you as a student need to think about you know what do I want in my experience so smaller schools tend to be much more community focused lots of smaller schools tend to be in more rural to suburban areas so again the community is really very important there I would say probably 90% of students typically live on campus at small schools when you get into medium and larger schools you know that that number may vary quite a bit it could be the same it could be again 90 percent of students live on campus or it might be as low as say 10 percent or 20 percent of the students live on campus and not that one is better or worse than another but it's just a different experience and if you're looking for a community experience you may want to be looking at schools that you know again have a lot of a student body living on campus great and let's talk a little bit more about housing is there the school sort of guarantee that you can live on campus if you need to or how is that actually going to work for me as a student right so housing is gonna vary again by school and it's one of the things you should have on your list as you're researching colleges what percentage live on campus but also is there a guarantee of housing for four years for three years and so forth so you have a good idea of what you're getting into depending on the school and where it's located it might be much cheaper so if you're a first-generation college student or a low-income college student you know it may be cheaper for you if the school guarantees housing for four years because the location you're living in is very expensive and they offer the best you know housing at a good affordable price great