Factors to consider when choosing a university

  • UPES Editorial Team
  • Published 17/05/2022
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Higher education is an important and exciting life decision, so when looking for universities, you’ll want to evaluate a variety of parameters, including academic quality, location, fees, and campus safety

You’ve undoubtedly heard it a million times: selecting the right university is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make in your life. And it’s correct. Where you graduate from will have a long-term influence on your personal and professional life. However, many students choose a university-based on instinct or a restricted set of criteria, sometimes simply a strong hunch. While this will not prevent you from succeeding academically, such a significant decision should most likely be scrutinized more closely.

First, you want to go to a university that offers a curriculum that interests you. You would also need to think about the many variations of that subject and how they may convert into alternative programs.
 

Available programs and courses 

First, you want to go to a university that offers a curriculum that interests you. You would also need to think about the many variations of that subject and how they may convert into alternative programs. 

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What subjects are you interested in? What sort of programmes are related to those topics? What are the admission prerequisites? These are some of the most crucial things to look for when you begin. Are you able to perform research while studying? Can you study abroad as part of an international exchange programme?

What subjects are you interested in? What sort of programmes are related to those topics? What are the admission prerequisites? These are some of the most crucial things to look for when you begin. Are you able to perform research while studying? Can you study abroad as part of an international exchange programme?

Accreditation and certification 
Make sure a college is accredited before you consider it as an option. This indicates that the institution has been verified and its curriculum has been examined by an officially accredited agency to ensure that it meets the minimum academic criteria for higher education. This assures that your degree will be accepted by corporations and other higher education institutions.
 

Accreditation and certification 

Make sure a college is accredited before you consider it as an option. This indicates that the institution has been verified and its curriculum has been examined by an officially accredited agency to ensure that it meets the minimum academic criteria for higher education. This assures that your degree will be accepted by corporations and other higher education institutions.
 

Admission prerequisites

This is also an important consideration as some colleges have different criteria than others and you should prepare accordingly. There are colleges that will screen and accept candidates based on their Board exam scores, as well as institutions that have their own entrance exams to choose the best people for them.

It is advisable to apply to a few institutions in order to keep your options open and provide you with a sufficient number of options.
 

Geographical location 

University may be your first time living away from home. Depending on which university you attend, you may be required to relocate away from family, friends, and even your home country. As a result, you must choose whether you want to live in a city or somewhere a little smaller and calmer. Or do you want to live at home while attending college? If you move out, how far away from home do you wish to travel? Would it be easy for you to go home? Do you have friends or know anybody else who is going to the same university as you? Another critical factor is to evaluate the rent, transportation costs, food, and so on.

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The expense of education and the cost of living 

Tuition is estimated to be around half of the total cost of attending college, while other expenditures may include accommodation, travel, meals, textbooks and other incidental expenses. When considering college education as an investment in one’s future, it is better to spend as little as possible while maximizing the return on that investment. There are several institutions throughout the world that provide high-quality education for low tuition costs. When selecting a university, it is critical to examine the location of the university as well as the cost of living in a certain city or country.
 

Career resources 

Another thing to think about is how a university can prepare you for the future. Whether you are continuing your education or entering the profession, it is essential to understand how your degree will help you progress in your career. Is there a service that can help you polish your resume, enhance your interview abilities, and locate employment opportunities?

Choosing a college is not an easy task, with so many different aspects to consider. If you do not give enough time or thought to this or do proper research, it could make the selection process considerably more stressful and will have a negative impact on your future. However, if you carefully evaluate all of the above-mentioned factors, along with any other that may be important for you, you will be able to find your way. Start on time and take it step-by-step, you would be able to make the best choice for your future!

UPES is a UGC-recognized university and has been accredited grade ‘A’ by NAAC. The university has received 5-Stars on Employability (placements), Academic Development, Program Strength and Campus Facilities and 4-Stars for overall teaching by globally acclaimed QS Rating. UPES offers industry-aligned and specialized graduate and postgraduate programs through its seven schools: School of Engineering, School of Computer Science, School of Design, School of Law, School of Business, School of Health Sciences, and School of Modern Media.

The Global Pathway Programme at UPES, international collaborations and semester exchange programs are designed to unlock potential and prepare students to become global citizens.  

Design Your Own Degree (DYOD), lays emphasis on learner-driven learning. For example, if a learner opts for CORE subject as B.Tech. in Computer Science, he/she can choose one out of the 17 Specializations in his/her 2nd year. In addition to this, not only can he/she choose Minors from his/her chosen domain, but also choose from the various options available from other domains like Robotics, IPR and Cyber Laws or Finance.

Use of latest technology in the classroom ensures seamless online learning, mentoring and assessment experience. Perfect score on QS I Gauge has been a testament to the exceptional e-learning methods at UPES.

The university has been facilitating trans-disciplinary learning and 21st century competencies through ‘School for Life’ for the holistic development of students. The ‘Industry in the Classroom’ approach prepares students to solve real-world problems. Enhanced focus on sports is also meant not just to impart important life skills, but also to bring people together and create a sense of community.   

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Spread across 44 acres at the foothills of the Himalayas in Dehradun, the sprawling campus boasts of a pollution-free atmosphere and a serene ambience, thereby providing a conducive environment for learning.

UPES Editorial Team

Written by the UPES Editorial Team

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