From online lectures and seminars to online exams and sometimes even online diplomas; most aspects of college life are moving online as a result of the Coviid-19 pandemic.
Fortunately, technology is there to help us; but how can you decide which college to attend when you can no longer attend open houses?
Usually, when deciding where to study, technology only serves as an adjunct to college, but sometimes you have to decide which college to go to without going in person.
Here are Some Factors to Consider When Comparing Colleges:
Course Content – Take a look at the course structure, the different routes you can take, your freedom in choosing modules, and more.
Location – Consider transportation, your location in the world, job prospects (if you plan to stay in the city after graduation), and the cost of living in the area.
Academic Reputation – Find out what the reputation of the university is: What are the admission requirements? Is a degree from this university recognized in the same way as a degree from another university?
Graduate Employability – Does the university have a high employment rate among its graduates? Are there any corporate affiliations?
Study Abroad – If studying abroad is important to you, what support does the university offer? Can I study abroad as part of an international exchange?
Affordability – Compare the cost of tuition, housing, and living in the college area.
Student Satisfaction – Get feedback from students who have attended college before: What do they say about student life?
Student life – What events take place on campus? How’s the student union doing? Is there a company you would like to join?
How to Learn More Without Leaving Home
Use University Rankings
QS offers different university rankings to help you find the university of your choice. All available rankings are available here.
QS prides itself on the transparency of its methodology and the number of universities included in each ranking is growing year on year.
QS rankings can be used to compare a variety of factors ranging from location, academic standing, and employer reputation to graduate employability and student satisfaction. Rankings are a great way to compare colleges with different metrics.
If you are aiming for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, we recommend taking a look at the following classifications:
QS World University Rankings – Gives you an overview of the best universities in the world.
QS World University Rankings by Subject – Shows the best universities in the world for each subject.
QS Graduate Employability Rankings – Provides information on the best universities for graduate student employability.
If location is an important factor for you when choosing a college, do your research. Find out what is happening in this region and what life is like for students.
The rankings can give you a better insight into student life in each location, and are particularly useful if you’re thinking about studying abroad but aren’t sure where to go:
QS University Rankings by Region – Highlights the best universities in Latin America, Asia, the Arab region, the BRICS countries, and the Emerging Countries of Europe and Central Asia (EECA).
QS University Rankings by Location – Provides an overview of the world’s most popular study locations.
QS Best Cities for Students – If you are looking to study abroad, this ranking shows you which cities are popular with students, as well as good prospects for graduation.
Search the University Website
University websites are full of detailed information about courses offered, student life, accommodation and prices.
Some even offer you online tours where you can attend a virtual open house and get a real feel for the college.
Take a look at the online learning resources offered at the university, as access to online resources is certainly a growing part of the future and will be an integral part of your university experience.
Learn more about the university’s career services: what does the university offer students when looking for internships and a post-graduate job, and what offers are there for students and alumni?
Ask Questions on Social Media
Take a look at the university’s social media pages. They often post photos and information about events at the university.
If you have any questions, you can usually contact the university directly; Twitter is particularly useful here.
Sign Up for QS Digital Events
QS offers a series of online events for those who wish to speak directly with university officials to learn more about the specific courses on offer. These events are a great way to get your questions answered and make valuable contacts who can advise and support you in your application process.