Mistake to avoid when choosing a college

Choosing only a prestigious school is the biggest misunderstanding for many students applying to study in the United States. Although famous schools have their own advantages, study showed that many people apply for prestigious schools not because of their excellent courses and popular majors, but because of their superiority in terms of recognition.


The competition of prestigious schools is fierce.

From the historical precipitation to the academic atmosphere and the strength of teachers, famous schools usually have their superiority. Generally speaking, the students of prestigious schools have high overall quality and a strong learning atmosphere. The environment, teachers, academic advantages and future development space of prestigious schools are unparalleled in ordinary universities. However, the competition in prestigious schools is fierce, and it is not easy to enroll in a school like this. It is more difficult to obtain scholarships. Therefore, unless you have enough strength, it is easy to lose in the competition.  Many people have limited strength, and even do not meet the requirements of the school. It makes no sense to waste your time and money to set a goal that you can’t reach at all. Students should choose those “prestigious schools” under the premise of conditional permission and respect for their hobbies.

Blindly applying to school with good ranking

Those so-called American university ranking knowledge is only a reference. A higher ranking does not mean that everything is better. American students pay more attention to whether they are comfortable in studying at university and whether they can. The ultimate goal for students in the United States is to made themselves more prepare for American companies to value talents after the final graduation. American students invest more attention to using their time and money in the college that is most conducive to their own development. The hard work and high tuitions for famous schools are not what most Americans are willing to choose.


There are various types of universities in the US

The United States has the most comprehensive and largest system of higher education in the world, with a total of over 4,000 universities. American universities are generally divided into these three categories which are 4-year universities, liberal arts schools and community colleges. A regular 4-year university offers comprehensive education and professional education. They usually offer a graduate school that can be either public or private. Private representatives include the famous Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, etc. Public university include Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois. Liberal arts schools mainly provide general education, cultivate generalists, small scale, high tuition fees, but also high scholarships. Generally, there is no graduate school, and only a bachelor’s degree is offered. A good liberal arts college is harder to get than a comprehensive university. Representatives include Amherst College, Williams College, Wesley Girls’ School, and more. The liberal arts college pays more attention to students’ education than to research.
After completing a two-year study at the community college, an associate degree is awarded. This credit is recognized by a four-year university and can be transferred to a four-year comprehensive university to continue to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges are also divided into two categories, one for students to transfer to a four-year comprehensive university to continue their studies, and the other for vocational training in specialized fields.

In conclusion, choosing a school that suits you is the most important thing. Going to a “prestigious school” is not necessarily the best choice for everyone.

To see the US News ranking for universities in the United State, please click on the url. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities