9 Factors to Consider When Choosing A University
Most people will agree that finding the right university coming out of high school plays a big role into shaping the future for students. Finding the major or subject of study is equally important; most graduates will spend their entire career lives working in their field they graduated university studying.
But in order for students to make that important choice of a lifetime, they need to consider some factors when looking and applying for universities. Whether it is the academic majors they want to study, the name of the university they want to join or the career success they look forward to after graduating, and more, they all play a big part in making a perfect choice for the university that will have a big impact on the life of a student both personally and professionally. In this article, Studygram™ lists 9 important factors to consider when choosing a university.
1. Academic Majors.
We are all different and each student has different interests and aspirations as well as different skills and abilities. It is important for a student to identify those interests as well as recognize their skills and abilities and make the most out of them. Is a student interested in studying liberal arts or interested in studying computer engineering? These interests should be apparent by the time students are in their junior or senior years. A student who is interested in pursuing a career as an engineer, for example, will want to join a university with strong engineering curriculum and strong facilities and resources for engineering.
2. Academic Quality and University Reputation
A lot of universities are known for offering stronger programs or majors than others; Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, for example, is known to provide students with an excellent Pharmacy program whereas The University of Debrecen in Hungary is known to enroll students from around the world in its Health Sciences programs. It is a major help if a student already knows or at least has an idea what field of study they want to pursue; it will have such a strong impact on the career success of a student when graduating a university with a good reputation in the particular field of study. Like explained in the previous paragraph, if a student is interested in studying biology, they should do a research on where the best biology program is being offered.
A university accreditation is among the most important criteria students should look for when choosing a university. Joining a university with a degree that is recognized everywhere in the world should be every students’ goal for the comfort it provides after graduation. Suppose a student wants to pursue his/her graduate degree at a different university, they want their undergraduate degree to be recognized by that university. Similarly, students would rather have their undergraduate degree be recognized by their future employers without having to go through an evaluation process. Accreditation information is usually found on the university’s website in the About or Admissions sections.
4. Cost of tuition and cost of living
It is estimated that the cost of tuition amounts to about half of the entire cost of attending college given that other costs may include accommodation expenses, transportation, food, books and other miscellaneous expenses. Looking at college education as an investment in one’s future, it is best to spend as little as possible on education while maximizing the return on that investment. There are plenty of universities around the world that offer a very high-quality education with a very affordable tuition fees. The location of the university, as well, plays an important part into how high or low the cost of attending college as a total might be. It is crucial when looking for a university to consider where the university is and how affordable it is to live in a particular city or country.
5. Available Scholarships
We’ve agreed in the previous section that the return on the college education investment for a student is important, hence the need to find a suitable scholarship to maximize the return. There are different types of scholarships available for college students; some are awarded based on academic achievements while others may be awarded based on athletic achievement or personal background. Make sure to check out different scholarships and see which scholarship applies to you. The University of Calgary in Canada, for example, offers students up to $15,000 by its International Entrance Scholarship to international students entering their first year in any undergraduate degree while The University of Newcastle in Australia offers international students up to $10,000 in tuition fee waivers through its Global Leaders Scholarship.
6. Location of University
Going to college is supposed to be a fun experience especially for international students who leave their countries in pursuit of university education abroad. On average, it takes students 4 years to receive an undergraduate degree depending on the field of study so it is important to choose a location for your university where you’ll be happy living until graduation. Apart from the language spoken in the country of choice and how comfortable it is for a student to speak or learn that language, students should also consider the local culture in that country and how accepting it is to students who come from different parts of the world. Thinking about life off of the university campus is also encouraged; how easy it is to move around using public transportation, or go out to grab a meal or coffee with friends.
7. Career success and opportunity
We’ve talked earlier about how important the academic quality and the university reputation is when it comes to career success for university graduates, but it isn’t the only aspect that should be considered. The purpose of the university is to prepare and qualify students for entering the job market and starting their career lives. Not only by providing high quality education, but also by delivering personal development opportunities to support students with the means to sharpen their resume-writing skills or interview skills. Many universities are offering such services to their students, so make sure the university you’re looking to enroll will offer you such services.
8. Faculty members helpfulness
There are a number of ways professors and administration members can demonstrate helpfulness to students. Faculty members have more duties than just teaching their courses effectively to help students with their success; they also have to provide their students with regular feedback about their performance throughout the semester, get their students engaged in the classroom and encourage them to ask questions about course teachings that may not be clear as well as create opportunities for students to work with one another. Good professors can counsel students about career goals and often give advice to students based on their professional experience in the real world. Many online portals now offer feedback on university professors with actual feedback from current students so make sure to do your research before deciding on a university.
9. Campus environment
Provided that students spend up to four years attending classes at the same campus, it is important to know that the university campus you’re trying to enroll in offers great facilities. Ideally, a university campus would offer student housing, athletic facilities and gymnasiums, access to libraries and culture and entertainment centers. That information is often published on the university’s website, so make sure to check them out before making your decision.
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