I don’t know how many times I’ve read the question, “I have a 3.8 can I get into (x) University?” To all those people I say the only way you are going to know if you can get into a University is if you actually apply to that University. The admissions decision may seem like a calculated (a+b), but the truth of the matter is you couldn’t be more far off. Yes, the University has a list of things that they are looking for, but nothing can guarantee if you are accepted or not, barring special circumstances of course. Below are three things that you should consider before applying to a University.
- Do I really what to Go? Whether it is Harvard of Community College applying to a college has nothing to do with the name and everything to do if you really want you to go there. The name of the school doesn’t matter, and the only thing that should really matter is where do I want to go. Obviously, not everyone can get into every school, but if you are applying you should ask yourself only one question, and that is, do I really want to go to this school if I’m accepted or I’m applying because I want to say I got it.
- Do they have the Major I’m looking for? Although I hate the very idea of a college Major and find everything wrong with the system to fall into the Major choice, it is still an important part of a University. UC Berkeley is a great school with an awesome and highly ranked science department, but UC Davis has a better chance of students working at the UC Davis hospital while there undergraduates. While you may be able to apply to both schools and enter both schools Berkeley may not be the best choice when heading down a medical path.
- Will I like the people that Go there? This is a tricky question and can’t always be answered unless you go and visit the school. Many schools have tons of people, but many schools also have a stigma for what types of students go there. I won’t name names, but do you want to go to a school with people that will become your lifelong friends or do you want to go someplace where you're going to have to cut through the “bad” seeds. This is an interesting question and many people disagree on it, but I’m happy I knew the type of people that were going to be at Berkeley before I walked in the door.
Overall these few questions are just the start of asking yourself if you really want to attend a school. You shouldn’t base your choice on these along, but you should seriously take a look at your opinions and ask yourself some questions.