Usually, students apply to multiple schools for a better chance of being accepted into the desired institution. For some, getting multiple admits is a sense of pride and satisfaction, but for others, it is a stressful situation. Yes, it is a stressful exercise to choose the school, if the institutions are more or less equal. So, what are the factors to be considered making this selection easy.
- Make a matrix of all your admits:
In order to understand and compare the admits, a systematic approach of analyzing facts is required. Keep the columns of costs like tuition fee, living expenses, location, weather, internships, and so on.
The costs mentioned would be an approximate in all records, so do not hesitate to follow up with the institution to calculate the actual costs.
- Connect with the Professors:
You need to talk to a department head or a program co-ordinator or professors in the discipline you plan to study by phone or e-mail. Gather more information on academic programs and see how you like the program and instructors.
- Consider student resources and extra-curricular activities at the campus:
Academics are important, but they only make up part of the college experience. Student clubs, sports opportunities and other extracurricular activities might help to balance in one school’s favor.
The campus environment is another factor influencing the decision. This can include a wide range of factors, such as location and school size, be that a large urban campus or a more intimate college setting in a smaller city. Being an international student, the weather condition, accommodation, travel etc., also matters a lot.
- Connect with students joining/ studying in the same University or Alumni:
School officials may encourage you to get to know peers through a college-created Facebook page. Getting to know the people you’ll be attending classes with at a school could aid in your decision. The alumni and current students can support you with information from a student perspective.
Hear what other people say. It might be a genuine personal, professional or heard experiences. Take it in good spirit and do not be judgmental.