Curating the College List

“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”


If you intend to send your child overseas for an undergraduate education, here are a few factors that are important to consider before deciding which universities to apply to –

When your child/children enter the 11th grade, as a family, you may be stumped by the question, ‘Which universities to apply to?’

Academic Concentrations

While overall university rankings often influence students and parents, it is more important to determine where schools stand with respect to the student’s intended area of study.What are the required courses for the major? Do they have renowned faculty? Do they offer undergraduate research opportunities? While this is not an exhaustive list, these are questions you want to explore before committing to a school.

Self Assessment

Before analysing the strengths and weaknesses of colleges, it is imperative to assess your own. Grades are the first consideration for an admission committee. So, start by using the child’s GPA and class rank to gauge where he or she stands. Next, consider the standardised test scores. Most universities disclose GPA, SAT, ACT and IELTS averages for their past classes. This should give you a fair idea of what they are looking for.

If you’ve taken on leadership roles within your community or school, initiated or participated in extracurricular activities, be recognised for your academics or social service with accolades – these will add value to your application to colleges.

Environment Matters

When choosing a college, you’re picking a place a place to live for three to four years. So it’s important to check for the pros and cons of the place before you decide on the college.

Another thing to consider is the climate. Studies show that weather can affect a student’s mood and level of motivation. If you have the time and means, the best way to address these concerns is to visit.

Tips for Transitioning

Reach out to as many people as you can. Don’t be hesitant to talk to people. Take a class on a subject you wouldn’t otherwise or join any sports team.



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