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How To Choose the Right University

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Choosing a university to study at is one of the most difficult decisions that you can make in your academic and professional life. After all, this is going to have a big impact on where your future is heading. You need to make sure that you are completely happy with the decision you have made beforehand, so you have the greatest chance of having a fulfilling and rewarding experience while you are studying there. If you feel a little bit lost and unsure of which way to turn, this guide is here to help point you in the right direction. So, let’s get started straight away.

Ensure That You Have Chosen the Right Subject

Before you do anything towards looking which university to study at, you need to be completely confident that you are choosing the right course. After all, you are likely to spend the next few years of your life devoted to it, and potentially, the next few decade working in this area. Make sure that you have considered all the options you have available before settling on one that you think is right for you. A few of the things that you need to check include job options, course contents and salaries. The internet is an invaluable tool which you need to use in the best way possible.

Check Out University Rankings

Overall university rankings are important, but they are only one measure of whether the university is right for you or not. You should also check out other statistics like how each institution ranks for your particular course, student satisfaction levels, graduate employment etc. You should also look at things like how many people will be on your course so you know how big the class sizes will be and how much personal attention you are likely to get. Approach your research from as many different angles as possible and you will get the fullest picture of your university.

Find Out About the Facilities

The best way that you can find out about the facilities of your prospective university is by visiting in person. First of all, take a look at the library as this is likely to be the place where you spend a great deal of your time! Check out the on-site cafes, restaurants, shops, and anything else you imagine might be useful. If you are a sporting enthusiast, it is certainly worth looking at the best universities for sports. Also, look at the other extracurricular activities that are available and what your social life will potentially be like. After all, this is an important part of the university experience!

Check Out Location and Accommodation

Of course, the location of where you will be studying is hugely important. If you have other commitments that require you to stay nearby to home, you will be hampered by where you can move to. If you are planning on moving away, you should find out as much as you can about the student accommodation that is available. You may be wanting to live on campus with other people on the same course as yourself or you may prefer to live alone nearby. Again, consider all the different options that are available to you and try to choose one that suits you best.

Check the Course Content

Every university teaches their individual courses differently, so you need to check the content in detail so you can find out what appeals to you the most and what you will find most useful in the future. University websites are the most obvious starting point, but you should also be able to contact the institution directly if you have any specific questions to bring to them. You should also look at what sort of assessments they have so you can find out if they suit your style of learning best or not.

Compare Prices

Prices will vary depending on what university you choose and the type of course you are planning on taking. When you are comparing prices you also need to consider whether or not you will be able to get a student loan that covers the course. On top of all this, you also need to check out the cost of living in your new town or city if you are moving as this will have a big impact on your day to day life.

Hopefully, this guide has given you a little more to work with when you are deciding which university is the right one for you.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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