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Trying to Choose a College or University

Nov 30

Trying to Choose a College or University
 

Is High School graduation approaching fast? Are you still unsure of where you will go next?
The first thing you should do in order to make this decision is take a deep breath and remember that you are not alone. Countless students across your country and across the world are making the same decision which you are currently facing.

The key to making the best decision for you is to take your times and think seriously about where you want to be after you have that High School Diploma in hand.

A good place to start would be to consider the following questions:

Does the university offer your program of study?

If you know the area in which you intend to study ensure that you choose a university which has strong programs in your field. Use all the resources available to you to compare the quality of programs offered by different universities.
If you are unsure of the area in which you want to study focus on choosing a school which has a wide variety of programs in your various areas of interest. There is no reason why once emitted to a university you must be constricted to only take courses that are directly applicable to your program. University can be an opportunity to explore and develop a range of your interests.

Are the university’s admission requirements in line with your academic performance?

Different universities have different requirements. Make sure you meet the minimum academic requirements for entry to a university which you are considering.

Where do you want to live?

Looking just in North America, there are a wide variety of possible destinations to consider. Do you want to live in a place similar to where you currently live? Do you want a completely different environment? Or maybe you want to stay close to home. While considering which universities you want to apply to, think about in which region you would most enjoy living. The location of the university you choose will undoubtedly shape your experience.

Are the university’s fees reasonable for your situation?

The price of an education varies greatly from one institution to another. Be aware of your budget and incorporate that into your decision making process. Look up the scholarships and grants which would be available to you at each of the institutions you are considering.

Talk to as many people as possible. Parents, teachers, coaches, school guidance counsellors, music or sport instructors; they will each have thoughts to share with you. Listen to would they have to say, but in the end make your own decision.

The last thing to remember is that if you consider your options and take the decision making process seriously then whatever the decision is that you make will be the right decision for you.
You are about to enter an extremely exciting phase of your life. Work hard, stay focused, never be afraid to ask for help and you will be able to accomplish any goal which you set for yourself.

Good luck!

This article was written for you by Mia, one of the tutors with SchoolTutoring Academy.