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Choosing The Right College

Choosing where you want to pursue your higher education is extremely important and is often stressful. It is not just the decision of a student but of the entire family. There are innumerable reasons for students to choose a particular educational institution. For instance, some might prefer a certain college because of the infrastructure while some might like the quality of education there. Another major reason for students to choose a college is the on-campus job placement opportunities. On the other hand, budget also plays a key factor during the selection of a college. These personal priorities may or may not always be the right reasons to choose a college. Here are some common steps that might come in handy during the selection of a college-

  • Choosing where you want to pursue your higher education is extremely important and is often stressful. It is not just the decision of a student but of the entire family. There are innumerable reasons for students to choose a particular educational institution. For instance, some might prefer a certain college because of the infrastructure while some might like the quality of education there. Another major reason for students to choose a college is the on-campus job placement opportunities. On the other hand, budget also plays a key factor during the selection of a college. These personal priorities may or may not always be the right reasons to choose a college. Here are some common steps that might come in handy during the selection of a college-
  • Make a list of criteria: After you have decided the course, develop a list of parameters that you wish your college to possess. This includes – degrees offered, accreditations, faculty, safety of students, accommodation on the campus, social life, cost, location and reputation of the college. You can collect this data from the college prospectus and compare different colleges from this information.
  • Develop a list of possible universities and colleges: Admission in top universities and colleges usually depends on marks secured in your 12th grade or in the entrance admission test conducted by the university. There are many websites that can determine your prospective college depending on these marks. After collecting this info, make a list of institutions where you stand a chance of getting admission. You can further narrow your options depending upon the parameters mentioned above.
  • Gather information about colleges from ex-students or others associated with institution: It would be great if you could find an ex-student from that college who could tell more about the level of education and availability of basic amenities. Word-of-mouth is a great tool in analyzing a college. There are other methods of getting information such as college websites, prospectus and other government bodies. It is also necessary to make sure that the college isn’t blacklisted and has maintained a clean record.
  • Visiting the college and application: After you have narrowed your options to a manageable number, try visiting a few colleges. Taking a tour of the college will give you the real feel of the campus. Lastly, apply to the colleges you have short-listed. It is a good idea to apply in multiple colleges provided you have sufficient financial resources.

Making a decision regarding the choice of college is definitely no child’s play. It requires a great deal of patience and sufficient information to apply in the right college that caters to all your needs.

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