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How to plan for college and university?

Updated: Feb 4, 2023

Key Points:

  1. Top universities have quite similar requirements, best academic scores, arts and sports specialties, worldwide contest champion, excellent recommendation letters, well-prepared applications, etc. You also need to apply for different top universities, because it is hard to say you can be admitted for sure, anything can happen.

  2. If you are so lucky and receive several offers, you can choose the best major in your ideal university. Or you can just go to those universities and experience the culture and atmosphere, and choose the one that you most like.

According to Wikipedia, "A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of one. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, a part of a collegiate or federal university, an institution offering vocational education, or a secondary school." "A university is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in several academic disciplines. Universities typically offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs."

Universities are not always better than colleges, but the top universities in the world are always better.

Planning for the best higher education is of vital importance to finding a good job with good salaries, having a good career development opportunities, and setting up a good starting point for happy retirement.

To plan for college or university, you can follow these steps:

  1. Start researching schools and programs to find the best fit for your interests and career goals.

  2. Consider financial factors, including scholarships, grants, student loans, and other sources of funding.

  3. Create a list of important deadlines, such as application dates, standardized test dates, and financial aid deadlines.

  4. Meet with a guidance counselor or academic advisor to discuss your options and create a plan.

  5. Consider taking standardized tests and start preparing early.

  6. Get involved in extracurricular activities and community service to build your resume and demonstrate your commitment to your goals.

  7. Start preparing for your future by taking challenging courses, developing strong study habits, and seeking out opportunities for growth and personal development.


Part 1: How to Choose a Major?

Most of the times, a good major is better than a good university. So choosing the right major is a major consideration. There are a list of things that you can consider for choosing a major:

  1. Based on abilities: every student has specific set of capabilities and strengths, such as math, science, language, social studies, arts, sports, etc.

  2. Based on interests: the same logic as based on abilities. Abilities should align with interests.

  3. Based on salaries and career potential. This is a more realistic choice. But without good abilities and interests, this is usually not a valid choice. You may check an article about the majors with higher earning potential. Usually hot majors, including business, law, medical, engineering, and IT, always have higher earning potential. But things could change in the future.

Part 2: How to Choose a University?

  1. Based on ranking: When you have decided what major to choose, you can choose the best universities for that major. Here is the world best universities ranking. You can review all majors for those universities.

  2. Based on Ivy League Schools: Choosing a good major in an Ivy League school is also a good choice. Here is an article about those Ivy League schools.

  3. Based on accessibility: in order to apply for top universities, you should prepare for the application materials, including academic transcripts, school report, letter of recommendation, statement of purpose, standardized tests (TOFEL, SAT, etc.), admission tests, interviews, etc. Here is a list of the top universities with admission requirements:

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