A college education is almost indispensable in today's world. Studies show that those with a college education have more career options, earn better and, in general, have more fulfilled careers. A college education is a minimum requirement for many of the jobs out there. A college loan thus usually pays its way back many times over after graduation. Getting a college education is also a great way to meet new people and establish networks that will come in handy later in life. The college you choose is an important factor in whether you get the most out of your college education or not. Do some research about various colleges before you start the college education application process. Create an ideal college profile on the basis of your academic and extra-curricular requirements. Then consider factors such as cost or admission difficulty which impact your decision on where to get your college education. Use college websites and brochures to get more information and schedule campus visits to specific colleges that you are really interested in. If possible, also speak to current students and alumni to give you a better idea of what kind of college education you can expect from a particular college. Another important factor that will affect how much you get out of your college education is your choice of major. It helps if you already have a clear idea of what you want to do or have a sense of what career you are likely to do well in. A good idea in such cases is to speak with people who are already working in the field of your choice and find out from them what you can do during your college education that will help you in that career later on. If not, use your first year to check out various courses. Also speak with other students, faculty and the career advisory cell of your college. These will guide you towards potential careers on the basis of your interests and abilities.