5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Pick a University

You're in! Now, how do you decide which university to attend?

There are lots of factors to consider, but the first thing you should do before you begin making any big decisions about your future is to ask yourself some big questions to help guide the decision making process.

Check out five of these big questions below, that will help you get thinking and help you make a decision about your future.

1. What are my academic and professional goals?

The first step is to clearly define your goals. What are you hoping to accomplish through your degree program? A specific career path? Research experience? Mentorship? Choosing a university with a reputation for academic excellence is an important first step.

2. Are the academic programs I'm interested in aligned with my goals?

By defining your goals, you can then discover whether the academic programs you're considering help you reach those goals. Look for the facts and figures (like earning potential) that help you discover what graduates of the program go on to accomplish in their professional lives.

3. Are the universities I'm considering a good fit for me?

Every university has its own focus and feel, and it's important to find the right school that fits your unique needs and personality. Looking for an exciting experience in a bustling neighborhood? A university in a major city is a great fit for you. Is professional development a goal for you? Choose a school with a strong Professional and Career Development Center. Looking to make friends and gain leadership experience? Make sure that the universities you're considering have a vibrant campus community. Looking for career development on a busy schedule? Online learning might be the best option.

4. What does the location of the universities I'm considering do for me?

Location is everything when it comes to choosing the perfect university for you. This is going to be your new home-away-from-home, and a great location is so important to many of the things that make college so special, including easy access to great culture and restaurants in a vibrant city scene. On the academic side, a location in a city is the perfect way to get convenient access to clinical rotations, research opportunities, and internships at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the nation.

5. Have I taken time to celebrate my accomplishments?

No matter what decision you make about your future, great things are ahead of you. Take a moment to celebrate all of the accomplishments and success you've had on this academic and personal journey. You deserve it!

Did these big questions help you make a decision about your future? Submit your deposit today to claim your seat at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) and officially join our community.