Picking a university to study in after high school or secondary school can be difficult but you have to make that decision and you have to make the right one. 

Why should you make the right decision in picking a university? 

The question sounds silly but one thing you should know is asides from going to the university for a degree, it is also a place that could influence your way of life, way of thinking, and influence your future. 

As it has been established earlier that it is difficult to make a university choice, this article is to help you with the factors you need to consider to pick a university. 

Let's get into it!!! 

1. WHY ARE YOU PICKING THE SCHOOL? 

      Are you picking the school because of the prestige attached to its name? Are you picking because you love the beauty of the school? Are you picking the school because it's the school your friends are picking? Or you are picking the school because of its educational quality? 

    The educational quality of a school should be a strong factor to be considered before picking the school as your choice of institution. Always consider the rating of your school on your preferred course. Also, the certificate the school would be giving to you after you have completed your course, is it respected in the country/society? Is it respected in other countries? If yes, go ahead and make it your choice. If no, reconsider and check other schools. 


2. ACCREDITATION OF YOUR PREFERRED COURSE IN THE SCHOOL? 

   This is a factor you should put into consideration and research upon before choosing your preferred institution. Has the school been accredited to lecture your preferred course? If yes, go and ahead and make it your choice. If no, reconsider. There have been cases of schools who lectured courses they weren't accredited for and the students who are studying the courses in these schools would have to forgo it and start all over again in a new school no matter how far they have gone. In other not be in a situation like this, check out other institutions that has been accredited to lecture your preferred course before making your decision. 

3. RATING AND RANKING OF THE SCHOOL:

     You should check the country's rating/ranking of your preferred institutions before making your choice. It is very important you do so as it tells you a lot about it's academic standard and how well the certificate the university offers is respected.

4. FACILITIES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PREFERRED COURSE: 

   You should consider the facilities made available by your school to teach your preferred course. Going to a university with substandard facilities for your preferred course is a bad idea most especially if your course deals more with practicals. Your school's library also matters a lot. 

5. LOCATION OF THE SCHOOL VS YOUR ADAPTIVE SKILLS: 

    You should consider the location of the school and your adaptive skills before making a decision. Are you the type that enjoys travelling long distances? Does the distance of your school to your place of residence matter to you? Are going to be in a rural/suburban/urban area? Is the area well secured? What is the crime rate of your school location? Is it popularly known as a place for cult groups? You wouldn't enjoy taking covers when there are cult clashes. Check all these before making your decision. 

6. SCHOOL'S REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION: 

   What's the school's requirements for admission? You should also consider this before making your choice. Some schools demand a minimum mark of 160, some demand 180 while some demand 200 in jamb as their cut-off. Also check their departmental UTME (also JAMB) and POST UTME cut off. How good is your O'level result? Some schools accept a maximum of two sittings. Check if the institution you want to pick accepts two sittings if your results requires combination. If you've checked the O'level requirements and the departmental cut-off for UTME and POST-UTME and you feel it's achievable for you, go ahead and make them your choice. If it's not achievable, reconsider and check other schools with lesser requirement You should check if the university has preferences when admitting students. Example: Does the university favour the indigene of the state it is located in when it comes to admitting students? Does the university favor people of a particular religion to others?

7. STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 

  You consider the student-faculty ratio of the school most especially if you are someone who learns better when an area is less crowded. Check the average number of students that are in the lecture hall at the same time and see if you would be able to cope. 

8. CULTISM: 

   As I had mentioned earlier that you should check the cultism rate in your preferred institution, let's not forget that most schools suffer from cultism and other bad vices. But check how high is the rate of cultism in your preferred institution? How well are they managing it and guaranteeing students safety in cases of cults attacks? Check this before making your decision. 

9. SCHOOL FEES, ACADEMIC COSTS VS YOUR FINANCIAL BACKGROUND:

    In your preferred institution, how financially buoyant are your parents to pay the fees? Would they have to borrow from friends, banks, cooperative societies before they'd be able to pay your fees? If yes, please reconsider and pick other institutions with lesser fees so you wouldn't have to drop out from school along the line or do odd jobs that might affect your academic performance in other to pay. 

10. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

     As much as your major aim in school is to bag a university degree, your social life and networking skills are important as well and your university would definitely have an influence on them. Check how well your university organizes hangouts, concerts, financial seminars, etc. before making your choice of university.

  What if they are financially buoyant to pay your fees? Go ahead!!

 After you've gone through this, you should know how to pick your preferred institution to study your desired course. Put the factors listed above in a scale of preference, weigh them against your current decision. Do you need to make adjustments? Please, do so if need be. Need more guide? Join our community (Facebook group) @Final Year Project. 

DISCLAIMER: This article is based on research and experience, any decision taken by you based on this was made by choice and we have no responsibility for the consequences.

GOOD LUCK!!!!