How to choose a college

When you hit Grade 10, no one really tells you just how important your subject choices will be when you leave school, just like no one really gives you the low-down on what you need to consider when you choose a college.

Matriculants and aspiring adults are often stuck with the question: “What should I consider when choosing a college?” If they don’t base their decisions on where their friends are going, then they often have no idea where to start with their searching process. If you are faced with the same question, don’t worry – this post will inform you of the 5 most important things you need to know when you are choosing a college:

1. Money:
Only you know what you can and cannot afford, so draft a budget and see which colleges fit into your price range. Keep in mind that some colleges, like Oxbridge Academy, will allow you to pay off your studies in monthly instalments, while others might require annual payments, or payment in full upfront.

2. Accreditation:
When you have completed your studies, you want to be able to add value in the workplace, so make sure that both your college and your course are recognised by your prospective employers.

Click here to read more about accreditation, and why it is important

3. Location:
Another important factor to consider when choosing a college is the location. If you have to travel long distances to attend classes, you may end up spending a fortune on transport, and you may be tempted to skip a few classes. And if you have to move closer to campus, you may need to budget for higher accommodation costs.

If you do not have a college or university nearby, or if you cannot attend class every day due to family or work responsibilities, then you also have the option of studying with a distance learning college like Oxbridge Academy.

4. Support:
Does the college offer the support that you are looking for? When doing your research, find out whether the college has a motivational and informative blog that you can learn from, whether they offer individual student support, and whether they have tutors available to help you with your coursework.

5. Quality of the courses:
When choosing a college or university, you have to make sure that the course you want to study there is of top quality. If you would like to study towards a qualification in English, it is unlikely that you will find a good course at a business college, for example. So it is important that you research colleges that are right for you based on your course of interest.

Now that you have a basic idea of what you should be looking for when researching various colleges and fields of interest, we hope you find a college that suits your needs, and we hope that your college experience will be everything that you hope it to be.

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