It’s really important to choose a right college as it’s going to help you in shaping your career and achieve your Goals. I have listed 9 points to think about before making your decision. You need to prioritise these points as per your circumstances and career goal.
1) University Affiliation
Some colleges are fake and they are there just to make money. For short term profits they take affiliation of some unknown university or in some cases even affiliation is not there. Students of these new colleges sometimes could not even complete their degree course. And even if they complete their degree is not valid ( not accepted in market). We read such cheating /fraud colleges news every year, but still ever year some new college starts to fool students. So be aware of such new colleges and their attractive courses. Don’t even fall in their trap of discounts in fees. Make sure that the college you are choosing is affiliated to some recognised university which is known to companies for placement and to entire world if you are planning to go abroad for higher studies.
2) Teaching Quality
It’s really difficult to get good teachers in colleges. In some colleges teaching faculty include freshers who do not have much teaching experience, some of them work on contract basis with low salaries, some don’t have the will to develop next generation. Sometimes teachers are not even able to solve student’s doubts. Some reputed colleges have experienced staff but many a times they act very strict and don’t help students to improve their drawbacks. In Some colleges they focus only on scholar students and ignore weak students to showcase their results. That’s the reason in a country like India Coaching classes are popular.
So join that college which has good teachers who know how to teach and are willing to help students. Otherwise join coaching classes for knowledge and some average college which is nearby your home, not strict on attendance and gives good marks.
That’s the ultimate goal for most of the college students. Some colleges take extra efforts and arrange campus placements for students. Campus in college is the best and easiest way for students to get the job. Later on it becomes difficult to search and get job on your own. Students of other colleges, that do not provide placements, have to struggle to get job. There are placement agents and websites which will help you to get the job. But it’s better to get it in campus and sooner is better. So take admission in that college which has good placements.
In over populated country like India it’s really a rat race. Marks have become more important than knowledge or skills. It’s really sad that students have become marks oriented rather than knowledge oriented. They will pay attention in class only if it’s important for exam. Some colleges are very strict on giving marks to students as they don’t want to give marks easily. On the other hand some colleges give good marks( better than what student deserves) to maintain their college results. Marks are important for taking admission to higher studies and sometimes even for Job. Most of the multinational companies demand first class from students during placements. So colleges giving more marks in internals and practical exams are preferred.
Some colleges are strict about your lecture attendance. When teachers don’t teach well, students feel it’s a waste of time to attend their lectures and thus bunk classes. But then these strict teachers will not allow you for practical if you don’t attend their lectures or they will deduct your marks in internal / practical exam. Whereas some colleges are lenient on this matter. They don’t mind students remaining absent. Such colleges are preferred by students as it saves their college time which they can invest for their self study or other activities.
Though University mentions standard fees for every course, it has been observed that colleges vary in their Fee structure. They charge you extra for laboratory, placements or it’s preparation, uniform, extracurricular activities, compulsory study trips, building fund, etc. Everybody may not be financially sound to pay for all those additional things. At the same time some colleges do give instalment facility for paying college fees. The time when children go to college most of their parents are in retirement phase, also there can be siblings who are studying for which they will also needs funds. So choose college as per your financial conditions. It’s not matter of 1 year, it’s 3 to 5 years depending on your course. Circumstances in family change over period of time and college fees may increase every year.
7) Course conduction
University gives syllabus and guidelines for conducting the course but then it all depends on colleges how to implement it. In some colleges they don’t even teach complete syllabus but give marks to keep students happy and maintain results of their college. On the other hand in some colleges teachers/department go out of way and conduct lot of activities for students to develop student’s abilities.
Colleges in India have become a good business. They focus on only giving education (Quality? ) and least bothered about products they are creating. What about huge crowed passing out every year from these numerous colleges? Do they get Jobs?? 80% don’t as these students are not employable. There are some good colleges who try to make students job ready. They arrange extra sessions for aptitude, interview practice, improving communication skills,etc. These sessions really help students in getting job. Very few colleges or departments even encourage students to start their own business. Teachers of these colleges go out of way and help students in achieving their career goals.
And What about Extracurricular activities ? Only books or teachers don’t teach you. The personality of student develops in college environment. In Some colleges teachers don’t want additional responsibility so apart from teaching syllabus they don’t encourage any extracurricular activities. Whereas some colleges arrange annual social gathering, trips, days n parties for students to mix with each other and learn to handle social responsibilities. Such colleges even share responsibilities with students and ask them to manage these events. To develop student’s personality in 360 degrees, join that college which offers lot of extracurricular activities. Mix fun with learning and create memories to cherish in your old days.
8) support from teachers
To solve their financial problems, some students earn and learn. For them Job or their business is most important for their life. Sometimes it’s a survival issue. Due to their job they may not be able to attend lectures or sometimes even practicals. In this scenario you should talk to teachers before taking admission and check how flexible they are on attendance and how they can support you. Another possibility is what if you are hospitalised for long time and due to which you missed college. Are teachers willing to give you extra time to teach you what you missed?
So, Don’t choose strict college, instead Prefer a college which is willing to help you.
9) Distance / location of college
New colleges open in new areas which are usually far from city Considering traffic in your city, check how much time you will be spending in travelling? Everyone gets 24hrs in a day and we need to make best use of it. Though your college is good but if it is far, you will spend more time in travelling, in turn you will get less time for self study, assignment completion, preparation for exam/job,etc. You might lag behind and to cope up you might have to bunk college, which might affect your internal exam marks.
Last but not the least it’s important to know how’s the crowd in that college where you will be spending golden period of your life. crowd defines the standard of that college. Based on how’s your personality, financial condition, academics; you need to check is that college compatible with you? Will you be able to easily mix easily with others and learn, perform and excel in that college? Think !! Will you really get what you want from that college or will you be just wasting your time in bothering about some unnecessary things.
So, Does College really matter?
If Placement is your goal then remember it totally depends on individual ( skills, abilities, knowledge, aptitude,etc..) College can at the most give you a platform for placements.
Now before choosing college meet seniors or current students of that college and take their feedback on all above points and then decide your college.