But the selection process doesn’t need to be overwhelmingly stressful for students or parents—it can even be fun, experts say. Take a deep breath and use these tips from college officials, coaches, and counselors to find the right college for you:

“It’s always very key to bring them back to, ‘How did you initially identify the schools that were a good fit for you; why did you choose this particular school; and how does this match up against schools B, C, and D on your list’?” says Erika Coplon, director of the College Admissions Coaching program at InsideTrack.

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