What State Should You Go to College In?

By: Tasha Moore
Estimated Completion Time
6 min
What State Should You Go to College In?
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About This Quiz

Choosing the right college is an exciting time, and we're here to help you nail down some of the specifics that'll make your choice as easy as possible. Take this college personality test to determine the state you should set your sights on. Consider this an opportunity for honesty. Lay bare your U.S. state likes and dislikes at once with us!

Making the correct choice for college needn't be a daunting task at all. First, selecting the perfect state takes care of most of the guesswork. Your compatible state should embody your core principals, be they liberal, conservative or otherwise. Figure out what's most important to you before you bury your head in the books for four years, or not! Right? 

Party schools serve a serious role in this country. Without them, "Animal House" and "Revenge of the Nerds" flicks would never have happened. And that's reason enough.

Perhaps your primary concern is the job market in your chosen state? Your preferred major should shift your focus in that right direction. Hint: Boston, New York and San Francisco are hotbeds for a growing number of industries. Our quiz inspires you to consider both pre- and post-college concerns.

Get serious about matters, but still have fun sorting this state and college thing out. Start the quiz now!

Have you determined which region of the United States you like best?
I like the West Coast.
The Midwest has always intrigued me.
The Southeast United States has so much history.
The East Coast remains my top choice.

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In terms of climate, could you tolerate cold winters on campus?
No cold winters for me at all.
I want to sleigh to class in a parka.
It doesn't matter to me.
I don't mind the cold, just as long as I'm not slammed with lots of snow.

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Are you a fan of the trendy bar scene, or do you prefer more traditional watering holes?
Trendy all the way!
I like both kinds.
Traditional bars are the best.
I don't like bars.

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While taking on your college course load, do you intend to balance hard work with a fulfilling religious lifestyle?
I'm going to need all the help I can get.
I'll occasionally go to church while taking classes.
As long as the religion upholds traditional values, I'm all for it.
I'd rather just focus on my studies.

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Do big cities inspire you to succeed, or does the countryside stimulate in you a passion to prosper?
Big expensive cities inspire me to succeed.
Both environments inspire me to do my best.
The countryside suits me.
Suburbs offer the quiet I need to concentrate.

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How does dancing your school stress away in a cool nightclub sound to you?
I intend to major in dance and minor in clubbin'!
One or two outings a month is enough for me.
No dance clubs for me, thanks.
I might visit a dance club at least once, just to see who's there, so I'll know to avoid them.

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Do you plan to enroll in a public or a private college?
I'm hoping for a state school.
Either a public or private school is fine with me.
I prefer to attend a private college.
It's got to be Ivy League or nothing at all.

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Is off-campus housing an option for you, or do you want to stick with on-campus accommodations?
Off-campus life is too rich for my blood.
I want to live among regular people.
I want to live anywhere that's near a beach.
I just want peace and quiet. I don't care where it is.

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Do you follow any college or professional sports programs?
I follow the ball! Does that answer your question?
I know all the sports rules, but I'm not a fanatic.
I'm not big on sports.
I love college basketball.

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How important is having a part-time off-campus job?
I'll take a job for some spending cash.
I plan on having two or more of those.
I don't want to work.
I'll see what my financial aid package looks like before I decide that.

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What is your favorite brain food?
I like to mix it up. An egg-roll burrito sounds about right.
I can only tolerate European food.
Southern cuisine, please
All-American food is a must!

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Do you plan on bringing a car to campus?
Public transportation is best.
Sure, but only if I can carpool
Yes indeed
No way

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Does a small and cozy class size sound good, or do you intend to dive into a massive student body?
It doesn't matter.
I can tolerate lots of people, as long as I can find peace from time to time.
Massive
Cozy

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Have you thought about living among an educated citizenry?
What citizens? I only see school people.
Educated or non-educated, either type is fine.
I'll take hospitality over smarts any day.
My neighbors have to be smart.

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Is staying in-state after you graduate a possibility for you?
I can live with that possibility!
If I can afford it, sure!
Only if I can find a job in my major
Not likely

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As a college freshman, do you plan to travel and explore your off-campus surroundings often?
As often as possible
There's a 50/50 chance I'd do something like that.
Only if I can hitch a ride with an upperclassman
I probably won't venture very far.

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Are you one of many "mall rats" in your current village?
I'm a serious shopper.
My social media profile name is @mallrat.
If I happen to pass a mall, I only pick up the essentials if they're on sale.
Whatever I need, I order it online.

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Accumulating first-year community college credits before transferring to a major university may increase your chance of acceptance at an eminent institution. Does this pique your interest?
That's my plan exactly!
Community colleges are among my top five choices.
That'd be my last resort.
I absolutely wouldn't want to do that.

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Whenever you choose to roam with the town locals, do you expect to see diverse hubs, like Chinatown, Little Tokyo or Little Italy?
Assolutamente! (Absolutely!)
I'd much prefer to stick to familiar surroundings.
I won't do that too often.
I like to explore different cultures.

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Do you party hard or hardly socialize at all?
Party on and on and on...
I only party under a certain set of circumstances.
Hardly either
None of the above

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Are you destined to achieve worldwide fame after you graduate?
I'd be in the best company.
Who needs fame when quiet is where it's at?
If it happens, it happens. I'm not sweatin' it.
Me and my fellow alumni

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Famous or not, will you be counted among the few who earn millions of dollars?
Count me in!
Quiet has no price.
Only if it guarantees great friendships
It's inevitable.

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Is "president of the United States" a career goal for you?
Sure, right after I soak up some fun and sun.
Not at all
Only if my fellow constituents desire it
Salute me now and get it over with.

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Do you plan to literally live betwixt the library stacks when on campus?
So much to study, it's overwhelming.
Yup, one volume at a time
I choose discourse.
What are my online library credentials?

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Does peer competition inspire excellence in you at school?
No way, man
I prefer cooperation over competition.
It sure does!
Ha! What "competition"?

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Is graduate or professional school a "no" or a "go" after you ace your four-year degree?
Go, go, go!
No, no, nope
Just to be job marketable, I guess
Only if it's a reputable program

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Do you see yourself experiencing Greek life when in college?
From Alpha to Zeta
Only when my homework is complete
I practically was born into it.
No, I'll pass.

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Visit any random college campus rain or shine, and you will find some manner of outdoor activity going on. Do you pass on outdoor pastimes or accept the challenge?
Challenge accepted
Only when my homework is complete, as usual
Sure, but no new-age stuff
Pass

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College life may rouse a false sense of security. How safe must your environs be?
I've got the skills to handle mine. Pull up!
I play it real and safe.
I rarely ever think of that.
Super-duper safe

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What type of college tuition bill can you carry?
I can handle any figure.
"Carrie"? No, you must have me mistaken for someone else.
Hold on. I'll ask my financial aid rep.
If it's for an amazing school, I'll pay for it.

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