You have made a decision about what you want to pursue for higher studies, but you are still in two minds about which college to commit to? It has now come down to a question of your choice.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
Hence, making the right choice ultimately rests on us, and to make the right choice one needs to know what things to look for before coming to a conclusion.
Following are few things that you can keep in mind while choosing the best college for your course:-
1) The Kind of College
One of the foremost things to remember during your search for the ideal college is accreditation (validation) of colleges. It is a must. A degree granted by an unaccredited college will add as a roadblock in your higher education or even getting a decent job.
Also, always check with the admission rate of the college per year. Most well-known colleges have a lower admission rate which will obviously serve as a filter for the average or above average students. Colleges with higher admission rates, on the other side, give more opportunity to enroll in a course.
(You may check the accreditation status here – http://web5.kar.nic.in/naac_ec/NAAC_accreditlist_pdf.aspx)
2) Quality of Education
Once you confirm your stream of choice, the next important step is to affirm whether the teaching faculty associated with your stream is a meritorious one.
One way to get to know your future teachers and professors are through senior students. Contact them via social media viz., Facebook or LinkedIn and ask for a feedback.
Knowing how the teacher’s interact with her/his students and the teacher’s own academic achievements is important. Good teachers with sound knowledge and academic background inspires students to learn more than what is just printed in text books.
3) Fee Structure
Education has now become an expensive affair unlike earlier times. Choosing a college based on what your family can afford to pay as fees should be a decision made after assessment of the scenario at home.
If the stream / course opted by you has a huge fee attached to it, make sure that it has good job prospects too, so that there is a quick return on investment. It is advisable not go for such courses until unless you are sure of completing it.
Make a sensible decision and in case you have the right to receiving financial aid, make the most of it.
4) Location of College
Analyze yourself, before choosing between staying in a hostel or travelling from home.
If you are not comfortable of the idea of living away from home, or leave the home comforts, it would be difficult for you to survive in a hostel life. In such cases it would be ideal to choose a college that is not too far away so that daily travel is possible.
But, remember most of the colleges, for higher studies, could need one to stay at an hostel. Hence, if you choose not to go for hostel, then you are cutting down on your options of colleges.
Also confirm whether the college premises have campus security personnel employed as a part of safety parameters.
5) The Student Body of the College
An active student body (preferably, not politically motivated) will serve as a medium for the students to voice their opinions and raise issues that might concern them. Colleges with a democratic environment existing between enthusiastic student bodies, school management and teaching faculty will provide a positive atmosphere to grow and learn in.
6) Co-curricular Activities in your College.
A thorough inquiry must be made about whether your college is a great place to fine tune your skills in various forms of arts and sports.
Life in a college with very few opportunities to promote extracurricular activities is bound to become dull and monotonous.