Your Guide to ‘Choosing the Right College’

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 02 May 2017

Which is the right college for you? Think and analyse before taking the next step. After all, your career depends on it.

Your Guide to ‘Choosing the Right College’

A student life goes through various transitions after they pass their class 12th. You enter in an unknown atmosphere, transiting between school life and college life. This is when the biggest quest of your life begins. Higher education is the most important aspect and choosing the right college to attain the same is equally important. If you are searching for a college that suits you the most, you must be already thinking in numbers - your average score, the number of seats in a college, the rank of a specific college/institute, and the fee requirement.

While you’re involved in the numbers, the long list of good colleges in India may leave you completely baffled. Going for an institution which is in your hometown or trading off your home comfort from a college in another city is another tough decision to make. Amidst all this confusion, the deadline of filling college forms and university application forms leaves you with hardly any air to breath. The entire process – from picking a good college to filling admission forms and meeting deadlines – therefore becomes an utterly stressful and tiresome job.

Now, choosing the right college can be a very long and tedious job. In order to make your life a bit easier, we have some quick fix steps that can help you narrow down to the right college.

Self Analysis:

Self-analysis is the first and foremost step in your quest to find the right college. First, you need to figure out the right field in which you want to pursue a career. After this, start introspecting. Find reasons as to why it is important for you to go to a specific college, or if there are other better options that could help you achieve your career goals.

Parallel to this, try analysing whether your career goals can be achieved within your hometown or would you want to move to a different city to seek exposure and experience and get a better view of the competitive world out there. These may not seem as key factors at first since the primary focus for you as a student is to get admission in a top ranked institution or university. If somehow you get stuck in an institution that doesn’t fulfil your career prerequisites, you may end up regretting your decision. In that case, it is important that you take out ample time to think about your decision carefully before going all out.

Personal Recommendations:

The next step to find the right college is talking to people around you. People are a good source of instant and hands-on information. It can be anyone from your family members, teachers, relatives, counsellors, friends or anyone who has had a similar experience. Suggestions from these people can guide you in making decisions. See if at all their recommendations and feedbacks match with your long term goals. If yes, then you can go for the recommended college or any other that fits your criteria.

Status of a College:

Another important aspect is the reputation and ranking of the college. A college which is popular and has a good reputation will become a bonus during placements and while finding jobs. Students from reputed and prestigious institutions get much more preference when it comes to hiring (Placements as well as off-campus). These students command better salaries as well. On another note, achieving your career goals is much more than seeking admission in a college of high status and rank. Even if you do not make it to a prestigious institute, it is in no way going to stop you in achieving your career goals.

College affiliation:

The affiliation of the college is another aspect to keep in mind while choosing the right college. You must ensure that the college you shortlist is affiliated to a government organisation. There have been a few instances in the past where many students were not given jobs and were considered for further education since their college had no affiliation.

To avoid such situations, make sure you choose a college which has government recognition.

Past records/Accolades:

Before applying for admission in a college, make sure you research about the college's history. The college website is the best place to get the complete history of the college. You can do research online to know if the institute has achieved any accolades/awards for its education quality (especially in the field you're applying). You must also go through the records to know how the past batches have performed in a course you’re opting.


Considered as a no big deal by many, infrastructure of a college should be on your list of priority while short listing a college. After all, you're going spend the next few years of your life on that campus. Therefore, it is very important to know the infrastructural facilities the college provides, like the library, laboratories, auditorium, classrooms and most importantly, hostels and other accommodations.


Good faculty or staff members are the backbone and strength of any college, institute or university. They are the strong pillars of an educational institute for training and guiding the students. Try and find out who is going to teach you, what experience and skills they have. Experienced and skilled professors are certainly the best guides to give your career the right direction.

Campus hiring success ratio:

Campus hiring success ratio is another key factor to consider before choosing a college for admission. Most students look for colleges with great placement history, which they often find out through news available on Internet and newspaper. When you’re investing your time, money and efforts in a course, your expectations of ROI are high. However, your placement is not solely dependent on the success rate of your college. Your skills and abilities matter more than anything else when it comes to landing a good job offer. Employers look at your academic record, extracurricular activities and your achievements in the past to consider you for a role in their organisation.

Fee structure/ROI:

There are various institutions that provide admission to students based on their scores and academic achievements. In such institutions, a student’s percentage is the main criteria for admission. Similarly, there are colleges that offer the same courses at lower percentages but higher fees. Usually, the fee structure of a particular college is mentioned on their official website or prospectus. You can go through the terms and conditions of the institution online to get a better perspective and idea of their modus operandi for admissions.

It is not about finding a college, which is popular and considered a ‘brand’ name in the industry. It is also not about being a part of the herd. There are also many lesser-known colleges/institutes that are worthy of everything you’re looking for and could help you shape your career in a better way.

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