As you begin your search for that perfect college, one of the first key decisions you need to make—and one that will help narrow your list—is size of the school. Luckily, American colleges offer an endless menu of options, from tiny colleges with less than 1,000 students to large state universities with more than 35,000 students. Finding a good match depends heavily on your personality and academic goals.

Do you picture yourself at a Big Ten school that offers everything from televised sporting events to countless degree programs? Are you itching to break free of the high school fishbowl and would welcome the opportunity of anonymity that comes with being one of thousands of students? Then a big university is probably a good fit for you.

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