Eight Questions to Help You Choose the Right University

By RBC Modified on October 11, 2017

There are so many things to consider when choosing the place you'll be spending the next three to six years of your life.

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Choosing a university is tough. There are so many things to consider when choosing the place you'll be spending the next three to six years of your life. Three to six years! That's a long time and a big investment.

Sure, getting a degree is your ultimate goal but you should have a good time while you’re there too. A school that’s well-known for your program might be the most obvious choice but there are also personal and practical aspects that can make or break your university experience. Here are eight questions to ask yourself when choosing a school.

1. Is it the Right Fit Academically?

Renowned professors, research and internship opportunities, academic reputation, type of courses offered, exchange programs — these can all add to the strength of a program. Ask yourself what’s important to you and which university would provide the learning experience you’re looking to have.

2. Do I Want to Stay at Home or Move Out?

The dorm life can be a fun and enriching experience but can be a huge addition to your debt load. Cost of housing, utilities, and food can add up to as much as an extra $45,000 over your time at school — that’s on top of your tuition costs! You’ll also need to factor in costs for travel between your hometown and university.

3. How Far Away Do I Want to Be From Family and Friends?

Being away from family and friends can lead to homesickness, not to mention long-distance woes if you’re leaving your sweetheart behind. With time, as you settle into a new routine and find new friends, homesickness can be temporary; however, distance will always be an inconvenience.

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