Going to a University is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. It helps you set the direction of your life and you are finally ready to join the world as an adult. However, with hundreds of Universities offering thousands of courses to students, choosing one that suits your interest and personality can be a challenging task.
Most people make it a point to read reviews before doing even a simple activity like going to a movie or leaving on a trip. So it makes sense to read up before making a decision that is going to make a major impact on your life.
Your University education is closely allied with your ability to earn a living in later life. It’s worthwhile investing time and effort into reading what others have to say about it.
There is a significant difference in making a decision and making an informed decision on the University you want. Student reviews will give you a sense of the University you are interested in and how it measures up in various important aspects. These criteria can include but is not restricted to costs, food, accommodation and education among others.
This is where student reviews come in handy. What you really need is not only information given out by the University authorities themselves (this will obviously tend to be self-serving and biased) but information given by former or even current students. Student reviews tend to be honest and based on actual firsthand experience rather than glossy, ‘formal versions printed by the Universities themselves.
Moreover, student reviews cover a lot of detail. You can get information on everything from cleanliness to bullying to the quality of academic courses offered. If you are interested in particular extra-curricular events like sports or social work, student reviews represent an excellent way to get real-time briefing on what is good and what should be avoided.
Not all student reviews will concur in opinion and you will encounter a fair amount of inconsistency. But this is perfectly understandable as every student’s individual perspective will be based on their unique experience. Given the wide range of individuality in students, not all students fit into the culture of every university.
So for example, if you are a football lover, it’s safe to assume that if 14 student reviews out of 20 are in favor of football for X University, football is a good option to go for.
Even if you have completed a bachelor’s degree at a particular University, you should still make it a point to read the student reviews before going on to the Masters degree. Remember, it’s not necessary that all courses offered by the same University will be of the same quality.
You might wish to pay more attention to reviews that are detail-oriented rather than simply opinions without supporting facts. Student reviews on Universities are a great way to decide if a college is right for you and what exactly you can expect to hope for as an overall learning experience.