5 Things to Look for in a University

5 Things to Look for in a University

Choices, freedom, agency–we love it, we crave it, and sometimes we dread it. With all the big choices in life, it can be hard to make a decision, especially without the information we need to make an educated choice. One big decision that can affect the rest of your life is the University you choose to attend. Here are five things that you may want to consider when looking for a University.


Universities are usually overpriced and even though you may want a university to get a nicer job in the future, it may be more important that you’re not crippled with debt while you are going to school. The average monthly student loan payment is $393. There are a couple of ways you can save on tuition costs like attending an in-state college or community college. 

Degrees Available

Many colleges offer a variety of degrees but there are some degrees that some colleges do not cater to. Make sure that the colleges you apply to have the degree you are looking for as it can be difficult to transfer to a different University later. In the United States, 80 percent of students have changed their major at least once, so it may be a good idea to choose a school with a wide variety of degrees to choose from so you can easily switch majors without switching schools.

Admission Rate

Applying for schools can cost a lot of money, especially if you apply for a lot of them. The average cost of applying for schools is around $50 and if you apply for 4 schools you’ve already sunk in $200 that may or may not give you a return. If you got stellar grades on your SAT, it would be beneficial to apply for schools with higher admission rates, otherwise, you may want to look at schools where the admission rates are a little lower just to be on the safe side.

Graduation Rate

The main reason people go to college is to get a nice job, and you can’t really get a nice job without your degree. College is expensive and can cost as much as $34,740 a year so make sure that you can actually finish the degree. You do not want to go through two years of college and realize you can’t finish and end up $60,000 in debt without a degree. Along with the graduation rate, you may want to look at freshmen retention as you might want a college experience where you will be satisfied with your first year.

The freshman experience can be stressful for a lot of reasons like finding the best student housing at Dixie State, the credit load, or the inability to make friends. Finding a school with a high graduation rate signifies that there are a lot of students there to meet and the teachers are preparing you to be successful. 

The Student to Faculty Ratio

Depending on your learning style, you may want to choose a school with a higher or lower student to faculty ratio. Some colleges boast smaller classrooms where you can talk to the teacher and get help and advice personally, while other colleges have classrooms with one teacher and 700 students all trying to get a seat in the lecture. If you like having a personal relationship with your teacher, look into attending a smaller college. If you don’t mind packed lectures, then there are plenty of universities with larger class sizes.

Deciding which college you will attend is a big choice, but when you know what you want and what you are looking for, it can make your decision easier. As you view your different options, make a pros and cons list so it’s you can gauge the entire experience, and be sure to look at the price, admission rate, graduation rate, class sizes, and available degrees.

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