‘What university should I go to?’ is a question on every student’s mind when they think of studying abroad. Choosing the perfect university can be a daunting task. However, you will be fine as long as you know the top factors in choosing a college.
Finding and shortlisting universities are the very first steps towards achieving your dream of studying abroad. While it is good to have a dream university in your mind, it is equally important to shortlist a few other universities as a backup. Shortlisting universities according to your preference isn’t as difficult as it seems if you know what exactly to look for in a college. We are listing down some of the top factors in choosing a college that can make life much easier for you, while you look for the perfect choice.
Availability of your program:
Some programs such as Arts, Business Administration, Science or other graduate programs are available in almost every university. However, if you are looking for a specialized program, there are chances that it might not be available at your dream university. So before you shortlist the university, make sure to look for the availability and details of your desired program as it can be one of the top factors in choosing a college.
Location and community:
As a student living away from home, it is necessary to find a safe community to live around. Try finding the university or accommodation options in a safe, friendly neighborhood. You could also look for a location which has companies near the campus. This will make finding a summer internship and a training program easier for you. Some of the most frequented states and best places in USA for Indian students are New York, Massachusetts, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania to name a few.
An engaging curriculum goes a long way in holding the students’ interest in their education. If you choose a graduate program make sure it does not have too many courses which have been covered in your undergrad classes. It is also necessary to check that the core courses cover your area of study. You can find the courses offered in the program on the university website.
Criteria are one of the top factors in choosing a college and needs to be researched thoroughly on the university website or other mediums. It is necessary to check the minimum GPA required to get into the particular university. Keep in mind that not every university asks for GRE/GMAT and IELTS/TOEFL scores. It is easier to shortlist the universities and measure the chances of getting accepted by checking the admission criteria on the university website.
Tuition and financial aids:
Funding is always a hurdle in your dreams of studying abroad. Tuition fees for MS in USA usually range from $14,000 USD to $60,000 USD. If funding is an issue, you can consider the various scholarships and financial aid options offered. Almost every college offers financial aid to the students that deserve it and for an international student, it is certainly one of the top factors in choosing a college.
The scholarships for MS could cover the full tuition or some amount of your tuition fees. Consider the colleges offering high financial aids. There are various scholarships for Indian students in USA such as Nehru Full-bright Scholarship, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships, Tata Scholarship for Cornell University, Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship, S N Bose Scholars Program.
Checking the acceptance rate of the university can also help you predict your chances of getting in. Universities with high acceptance rates tend to accept students from every academic background. On the other hand, universities with low acceptance rate will take in selective students. Narrow down the universities with higher international student acceptance rate.
All the factors mentioned above need to be researched thoroughly and for multiple universities. At iSchoolConnect, we strive to make this entire process as simple and easy as possible. iSchoolConnect is an online platform which helps students in achieving their dream of studying abroad. Our experts guide you through the process of shortlisting the universities and finding the program which will be the best fit for you based on your scores and preferences. So reach out to us on our website or call us on+91 22 62863000. We at iSchoolConnect are always glad to help students with any higher education-related questions.
A writer by day and a reader by night, Rashmi is a quirky cog, in the wheel that is iSchoolConnect. She spends her days writing intriguing and informative articles about all things Higher-Ed.