Advice from Utah Students: How I Made My College Decision

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017


May 1st was National College Decision Day and the entire month is National College Decision Month. Colleges and universities across the nation asked students to let them know if they planned to attend by May 1st, but it’s not too late to declare even though May 1st has passed. Making a big decision like where to go to school can seem overwhelming. Here’s some advice on making your college decision from Utah students who were once in your shoes…


Robbie studied theater at UVU and now works and lives in Los Angeles:

“UVU had a ‘let’s-make-this-happen attitude.’ Also a selling point: connecting hallways, meaning I wouldn’t have to walk through snow ever.”


EleniEleni graduated from the University of Utah’s pharmacy school and now works and lives in New Mexico:

“I went to the U of U. My scholarship was the primary reason I went there. I really wanted to go out of state but my scholarship was too good to pass up. I’m really glad I stayed and went to the U though. The science professors I had were all top notch and I got in to the pharmacy school program at the U as well, which was my overall goal.”


Brian, a non-traditional student, recently graduated with a degree in history from Weber State and now works as an editor for a local publisher:

“Honestly, it was cost, location, and scholarship offer that made me attend Weber.”


HollyHolly earned a degree in parks, recreation, and tourism with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation and worked with at risk youth in residential treatment for several years:

“I chose the U also because of scholarship opportunities and because I really liked the music and science programs…. Ironically I didn’t end up studying either of those things but glad I ended up in the program I did! Also not having to pay for housing was a motivating factor at the time.”


Erin graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in health science and policy and now works as an associate accountant at the University of Utah:

“I picked SLCC for convenience, and transferred to the U for similar — for both, I liked their online course offerings and flexible scheduling, and they were near my house when I needed to take the odd in-person class.”


Christian SeymourChristian graduated from UVU this month with a degree in business and is now actively searching for a job:

“I realized that it’s not WHERE you go that will make it great or not. It’s what you DO that makes it great and that’s what made it great for me. I made a lot of friends and had many experiences at UVU to last a lifetime. UVU has smaller class sizes and as a student you get to know the professors on a personal level. It was a great experience and am glad I chose UVU!”


Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer, FAFSA Wizard, and Paying for College Expert at StepUpUtahJacob Newman is a Community Outreach Officer with Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA) and financial aid expert. Before working with UHEAA, he worked as a the Job Readiness Program Coordinator at the English Skills Learning Center. Jacob graduated with an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Brigham Young University in August 2016. He speaks Thai, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Follow Jacob on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat @stepupjacob.