The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the ~Perfect~ University For You

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by Chanel Ang   |  Jun 7, 2023
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Congrats on getting through the CETs szn, Candy girls! Now, it’s officially time to start your university life.  Your hard work has finally paid off, but your decision-making is not over: It’s the time to pick *the* university for you. We know, this four-year commitment can sound intimidating.

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The variety of options may make it difficult to choose, but don’t worry; we’ve outlined a step-by-step guide to select your new second home!

1. Consider your course program

The first thing to consider is what you want to study. This is especially the case for students  who have already set career goals and courses in mind! Research the reputation of the university’s course program, including the curriculum, professors, available course facilities (laboratories, research databases, etc.), and other relevant information.

If it is difficult to find these on websites, don’t be afraid to join your freshman batch’s college Facebook group and interact with the people there. Engage in Discord server chats with upperclassmen or even go on Reddit if need be; there is no shame in inquiring! 

This is also true for those who are undecided about their course program! For example, if you only got into your back-up course, these steps will help you decide whether or not the university’s program is for you. 

2. Ask around about university opportunities

Beyond academics, you can also ask about opportunities! This ranges from school organizations,networking events, and even counseling. These will likely be discussed in the orientations for accepted applicants, so feel free to attend those and inquire! 

In this process, don’t forget that university life should be holistic. Beyond academics, the goal is for you to have a meaningful time in your chosen institution. That said, knowing more about what your school offers career-wise and facility-wise can also help you in your decision.

3. Look into the costs and logistics

Once you have a good idea about what you’re getting into, it’s time to consider the cost. Of course, this includes the tuition fee, but you must also consider external costs like transportation, dormitory fees (if you are to live independently or with others), and the like. Considering this is meant to grant you enough time to enjoy college life and make the technicalities more convenient!


If you experience tuition-specific issues, don’t be afraid to reach out to fellow students and upperclassmen about scholarships. They will guide you to the right offices and help you inquire regarding financial aid, allowance, and more! 

Remember: The right university will present you with the services you need most.

4. Ask for other insights

If you are still undecided at this point, feel free to talk to other people whose opinions are important to you! Your family and friends’ opinions are not *everything,* but they can bring up important points to consider or advise you on certain concerns. They can also share similar experiences and how they went about those situations!

Amidst these varying opinions, take note of what resonates with you. You do not have to memorize everything they say; just remember the similarities and differences in experience or alternatives they provide. These should help you form a  holistic perspective on picking your college! 

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5. Make a pros and cons list

By the end of this, you will have a lot to think about, and it can get heavy. What helps is listing down all the pros and cons for each university, and weighing from there! 

Sometimes, though, there is no ‘right’ choice. If your pros and cons are tied, or if a university with more cons is still more compelling to you, there must be a reason behind it. In those circumstances, we suggest taking the leap of faith—your heart will always guide you to the right place!

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