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Lillis Complex (University of Oregon). Image courtesy Visitor7 via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lillis_Complex_(University_of_Oregon).jpg" title="via Wikimedia Commons" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>. Edited by O's List under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0" target="_blank">CC BY-SA</a>

Situated in Eugene, OR close to interstate I-5. University of Oregon (UO) is the flagship public university of Oregon. UO is reasonably easy to get to: Visitors can choose to fly into Eugene or drive 2 hours south from Portland on I-5. Eugene is a medium sized city in southern Oregon and is located at the southern end of the Willamette valley. The Willamette river flows through Eugene and McKenzie river borders the northern and eastern edge of Eugene. Students at UO can enjoy both an urban life in Eugene and at the same time partake of the outdoorsy life and sports around Eugene.

Face mask and dollar bills. (Photo courtesy of <a href="https://flic.kr/p/2iQmhUB" target="_blank">Jernej Furman on Flickr</a>. Edited by O's List under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode" target="_blank">the Creative Commons License</a>.)

A question that most high school families have been pondering as the world grapples with the COVID-19 or the coronavirus, is, how are college applications going to change and the effect on the students and their families. One of the biggest questions that families will face is paying for college and financial aid.

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Whitman_College_Lawn.jpg" title="via Wikimedia Commons">Whitman College Lawn via Wikimedia Commons</a>. <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY</a>

Whitman College is a small urban private liberal arts college located in Walla Walla, Washington. Walla Walla is a small city located in south eastern Washington. It is a 4 hour drive from Portland, OR and a 4.5 hour drive From Seattle, WA. Walla Walla also has its own airport. Walla Walla is situated in a valley surrounded by agricultural lands, vineyards and spectacular nature.

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Nestled between I-80 and SR113 in Davis, California resides the campus of University of California, Davis (UCD). UCD, a public university is one of the 9 UC campuses known for its top-notch academics and bucolic setting. Davis is located 15 miles west of Sacramento and can be an easy or a rough drive from Sacramento or San Francisco depending on the traffic and the time of the day. The area around UCD is beautiful, with fruit orchards lining the highway and some gorgeous California sunshine. Davis is a small and safe college town whose heartbeat is pretty much UCD and the orchards and farming near Davis

Historic church and Walsh administration building at Santa Clara University. <br/>Image courtesy of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:SCUMATT" title="wikipedia:User:SCUMATT">SCUMATT</a> at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/" class="extiw" title="wikipedia:">English Wikipedia</a>. Used under the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Creative_Commons" title="w:en:Creative Commons">Creative Commons</a> <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported</a> license.

Santa Clara University (SCU), a private Jesuit university is in the middle of Silicon Valley. A sun-drenched campus, beautiful mission style buildings, stately palm and flowering trees greet you as you walk through Santa Clara University. It is a very beautiful campus, located in Santa Clara, CA, a small city in the Silicon Valley. Take a virtual tour to see for yourself. SCU is in a safe residential neighborhood, surrounded by houses, schools, nearby eating options and reasonably close to Safeway, Costco, and other big box stores. Since Santa Clara is a city, the feel around SCU is more suburban.

Gap Year Without Breaking The Bank

A gap year(s) between high school and college may be under consideration for many students. Planning a gap year needs a fair bit of research into the various programs, options, finances and planning for college.

The Jacob's College of Engineering at UCSD. By Zacharias Mitzelos [<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>], <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fallen_Star_from_Geisel_Library.jpg">via Wikimedia Commons</a>

UC San Diego is the only UC where you apply to a college irrespective of your major. Unlike the other UCs, you will not be applying to the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Sciences. You get to pick your first or second choice out of 7 colleges at UCSD.

One size fits all, badly (Image courtesy of <a href="https://flic.kr/p/D6VQGh">Espen Klem on Flickr</a>. Used under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode">the Creative Commons License</a>.)

Finding your fit is easier said than done, isn’t it? One of the factors that influences the “fit” is size of college. While you should think of fit and size of college, let’s take a few minutes to figure out what kind of colleges show up for the different sizes of college.

The University of Portland Entrance

University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university in Portland, Oregon that is home to nearly 3900 undergraduates. Portland, is the largest city in Oregon and home to many large technology, manufacturing and healthcare companies as well as many startups. Additionally, Portland is rich in the performing arts, music, sports and prides itself on its environmental sustainability.