Choosing a college plays an equally important role when compared to choosing a suitable career option for a bright future. This is the toughest decision as there are several factors to be considered related to a student’s preferences. Before selecting the college, students should consider certain points about the college. There are multiple colleges in India offering the same courses. Sometimes it is not enough, just to select the course.  It is also essential to consider several factors in order to select the college that best suits all your unique needs.

Most of the students lag behind in choosing their college. Here is an essential checklist of questions to be asked before deciding your college.

Infrastructure and Facilities available

This is the most important factor to be considered while choosing a college. The infrastructure not only means a good looking building but also includes several factors like a college campus with spacious classrooms, well-equipped and furnished science and computer labs, administrative building, auditorium, seminar halls, dispensary, other subject laboratories, canteen, playground, transportation, hostels with Wifi connectivity, and library with well-stocked learning resource center, online libraries collection of all subject oriented books, model papers, eBooks, sample papers and previous years question papers which are required for preparing for competitive exams like JEE, NEET, CAT, etc.

Accreditation

Accredited universities have been validated by highly authorized state and national agencies since they provide high-quality education. Accreditation is important, especially for those aspirants who need to obtain advanced degrees in medicine, law, engineering, and other UG and PG courses. These colleges have good campus placements.

Check course availability, their cost and Faculty

The infrastructure and accreditation cannot only be the choosing factor in deciding a college. It is the faculty which plays an important role in a student’s life. Therefore, have a clear enquiry about the course availability, cost, college faculty, including professors, HOD, lecturers, visiting faculty, teaching experience, teacher-student ratio, etc.

Check with the availability of courses, their cost, class strength and the availability of the resources. Many colleges have standard courses like biology, chemistry, home science which are easy to get admission to as well as other courses like foreign language courses which have conditions for their admission as these courses aren’t available every semester or only a limited amount of seats are allotted or the unavailability of proper faculty and lack of the required class strength.

Other cultural activities like college fest and exhibitions

Apart from academics, extracurricular activities are also essential to prove the student’s talent.  These activities may include clubs associated with a field of study, volunteer groups, college fest, religious organizations, recreational sports, etc. Check with the college student association team about the fests, exhibitions and other activities.

Academic Support Resources

Many colleges provide peer tutors for those students who really are in need of help and advice in their academics. Here, a higher performing student is paired with a lower performing student to review and help the student both in his academic and behavioral concepts.

Placements

This is the most important and the final factor while deciding a college. It does not mean that it is the first and last criteria to choose a college. Placements or campus selection depends upon numerous factors like college’s infrastructure, college rank or accredited grade, faculties, ex-students performance in a company, and last but not the least candidate’s talent and their performance in the personal interview.

Naturally, there is a lot to think about when trying to find college options that best fit your preferences. Choosing a right college is a huge commitment. So, make sure to collect all the information you need, to make an informed decision.

Best of luck!

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