The 12th grade results will just be out in a couple of days, and then the mad rush for college will begin. After all the excitement of the results settle in, the hunt for the best college begins. However, we advise you on to take a look at the options closely and not just going by word of mouth publicity.
Below are some key points that one should keep in mind before boiling down to the final college that they want to get admitted in:
- Majors: If you have this clear, you will certainly cross this stage easily. Hence, you should first decide on the stream/majors that you would want to take up in graduation. Finalizing this decision initially will help you filter colleges more efficiently, basis your subject.
- Public v/s private: Public schools are funded by the state, so they are limited in how much money they receive to provide students with financial aid. Private schools, while also generally smaller in population than public schools, can sometimes give more aid because of their private funding. This potential extra cost may be worth it if a public college has a good program for your major, or if you want to go to a really big school.
- Location: Most of the students from tier 2/3 cities move out to metro cities for further studies. However, this should not be the criterion. You should also take into consideration the colleges that are already there in your city. It might be a situation wherein the college within your city would be more suitable for the majors that you are taking up, rather than the ones in the metros.
- Extra-curricular activities: It might be of interest to some of the student but not all. If you are someone who constantly remains involved in sports/extra-curricular activities then you should include this in the check list as well.
Lastly, we would suggest you not to take the decision in a hurry. Explore all the possible options and then only bill down to the one which seems to be best suited. It’s all about balancing what is important, what you want, and what works best for you.