(2) Valid & Valuable Accreditation Of College Or University
It is one of the most topmost factors to determine selection of right college or university. Accreditation is the rigorous process of validation in which services & operation of higher educational institutions or programs are evaluated & certified by an external body. This external agency could be an officially licensed national or regional agency.
According to the US Department of Education, the goal of accreditation is to ensure that the institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality.
Generally, accreditation is necessary to applicants who intend to attend graduate school or college. It is especially needed for those willing to obtain advanced degrees in medicine, law, & education.
It is could also be a necessary condition for those whose financial aid requires them to attend an accredited school. However, if you are willing to transfer credits from one university to another for further studies then accreditation can be an important factor.
Your new school or college will only accept your previous coursework if the accreditation of your old college is recognized. Students or parents can find information regarding the accreditation status of a college or school or university on their website—-usually on “About Us” or “Admissions” pages.
You can also find out this information by directly contacting regional or national accreditation agencies. However, you should never assume that a college is accredited even if it represents itself to be extremely reputable.
Additionally, you should also remember that even within a college, specific schools, departments or programs can also have their own accreditation. These accreditations need to be revised from time-to-time.
Therefore, you should never forget to check the current status or validity of accreditation. This will ensure that your degree will be recognized by employers & other institutions of higher studies.
(3) Availability Of Major Courses & Degrees
It is one of the most common factors to determine selection of right college or university. Every student is not interested to pursue similar career options. Some prefer to pursue a major course in science while others might be interested in commerce or even arts.
A college that doesn’t offer major courses or degree of your preferred area of study or desired degree level will not be a good fit for you. It is perhaps true even when the college is ranked higher on the ranking list.
You should never hesitate to ask the college admission’s office for the availability of concerned courses or type of degree you would prefer to pursue. You can even find this information at the website or brochure of the college.
You can further investigate academic departments to dig more information about quality of courses. Additionally, you should also have a backup plan to choose another major course in case you dislike the first one later on.
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