Most of us get one shot at a degree and we invest up to four years of our lives (and in most cases a considerable amount of money) in earning it. We most likely will make friends and connections in those university years that will influence and shape the trajectories of our lives. The reputation of the university you attend could influence the chances of your resume making it to an employer's desk and can influence hiring manager in an interview. Choosing the right university is therefore a hugely consequential decision and not one to be taken lightly. So how do you make your selection?
Good universities are built from the ground up by visionaries who can articulate and adhere to a strict ethos of academic excellence. To attract the best students these schools must have professors that are leaders in their research and teaching areas as well as top notch facilities to ensure that developing minds can have the creative and intellectual tools they need. Lastly, they need to be located in an environment that will culturally nourish the students while they learn.
If these ingredients are in place, the students that the university produces will be high achievers and prominent and successful in their chosen careers. So, when looking for the best learning institution, it is best to start with the alumni and see how they have fared since leaving the school. You can often find links on school websites for data on this or you can ask the university to send you details on notable ex-students. Online research can also reveal information on graduates including starting salaries and career areas that they have gone into.
You can also take a look at the schools below and read more about them by following the link to their profile pages to the right of the article.