Selecting the right school may seem daunting – where do you start and what should you consider before you zero in on a school may leave you more confused than ever. But don’t fret, we have your back.If you’re feeling lost and don’t know how to begin your search, let’s start with the basics. Here are some factors that the CollegEnroll team has collated to help you make the right decision:

Get to know yourself

The first thing we recommend, even before you begin your search, is that you get to know yourself. It’s best to introspect and list down your areas of interests, your career goals,and things that just don’t work for you. Knowing yourself should ideally be the first step in the process of selecting a college. It’s only after this, that you would be able to understand the kind of educational experience that you want to have and look for schools that help fuel your interests. 

Rank your priorities

Step no.2 in the process of choosing the right school would be defining your priorities in terms of importance. Think about the city you’d like to live in while you study, the tuition fee, and if there are any good programs that you’d like to take up. Rank these priorities, and other personal factors based on what matters to you the most and shortlist schools that tick most of these boxes.

Do your research

It’s now time to begin your research. With thousands of schools and universities in the country, you can get confused as to where to begin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Start by exploring websites, talking to people you know in the education field (like your academic counselor), or reading the latest updates on which programs are best for what you want to do. You could also attend higher education fairs and connect with people who have valuable insights that broaden your perspective.

Check with your peer group

Now that you have a fair understanding of your options, it’d be wise to speak to people sailing in the same boat. Your friends or family of similar age would also be on the quest for the right school, and probably would have explored similar (or more) options than you have. It’s a good idea to connect with them and have a chat about what options they’re considering, how did they weigh their options and what else they would have considered. Who knows, you could come across some interesting inputs that you might not have considered up until now?

Visit the campus

If you have already decided among your options, great! But if you’re having second thoughts and have some last minute questions, why not take it up with the on-campus counselor? Visit the campus, if possible, to understand where you’d be spending the upcoming years of your life and get your questions answered in real-time. This may give you the opportunity to speak with current students and understand how student life on-campus is like, a few do’s and dont’s and what else you must absolutely consider before filling out the application form. Trust us, first-hand experiences are always better.

The Last Word

Studying in the right school or enrolling in the right university is a huge decision. Where you study plays a massive role in shaping your personality, laying the foundation of your higher education and deciding your career options. This is why it’s important to weigh in all the factors that might possibly affect this decision, consider the pros and cons of each option, and recognize and rank your priorities to make a wise choice. Happy hunting!

Key Takeaways

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to zero in on the right school and what to consider when making your decision-

  • Get to know yourself, your likes and dislikes and who you would like to study, before embarking on your educational journey.
  • Recognize your priorities and rank those factors in order of what matter to you the most.
  • Start your research by exploring websites, staying abreast of updates and speaking to individuals in the field of education.
  • Talk to your peer group to understand whether you’re on the right track, and if you’ve missed out on factoring anything in.
  • If possible, visit the campus to get a firsthand experience of campus life and to get real time answers to any questions that you might have.