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How do you know if your chosen college provides quality education?

I'm asking this question as a candidate of college student. #college #studying-tips #college-admissions #higher-education

Thank you comment icon Hey Hadi! One thing you can do is look up the college you are considering on Google, and see what the reviews/rankings of the colleges tell you about it. Another thing you can do is talk to alumni or current students of that particular college by going to college fairs. You can also ask your school academic counselor about this. Hope this helps! Albert

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Andrea’s Answer

Hi Hadi,

this is a great question and an exciting journey. My son is a high school senior and I hope describing his process will help you.

Comparing several sources is probably a good starting point. If the below links don't work just search for "college rankings". CollegeSimply also has a separate academic ranking. I hope you'll find similar sources for schools in Canada.

  • US News: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings
  • CollegeSimply: http://www.collegesimply.com/
  • Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2018/04/10/best-value-colleges-2018-300-schools-worth-the-investment/1e9ef19659b1

It's a good idea to think about what you want to do when evaluating the colleges. For example, US News has several categories such as best engineering schools or best business schools, and more.


Enjoy the journey and best of luck,

Andrea


Andrea recommends the following next steps:

It might be helpful to make a list of priorities to help you identify schools. Criteria could be distance to your home, size of the school, college of engineering or business or other.
Check the ratings from the various sources for each school.
Finally, cross check the graduation rates, e.g. at https://collegecompletion.chronicle.com/. Graduation rates are great indication for what the school can do for you.
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Vickey’s Answer

Research, research, research. Talk to people who have attended the college, both those that have graduated and those who haven't . Go on line and check out all the sites related to the college. You can also check with your school counselor. Good luck.

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Simeon’s Answer

I'd recommend reaching out on Linkedin to people in the role you're considering who went to your university. They'd be able to offer feedback on the institution you're considering. Also, see if you can reach out to upperclassmen and former students who went to the university. Another approach would be looking at the ratemyprofessor website to see how the instructors do overall.
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Larry’s Answer

Albert is correct Hadi and I would also look into their accreditation as well as their alumni.
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