Tips for Choosing the Right College for Your Child

Helping Parents Make the Best College Decision for Their Child

"A good education is a foundation for a better future." - Elizabeth Warren

Yes, that's right. The quality of education is directly proportional to the brightness of your child's future. College is the gateway to building a strong career, and parents should take extra care in choosing the right college for their children.

Once your child completes high school and enters the college courtyard, they also enter early adulthood. So, enrolling them in the right college is crucial for shaping their future because college is where they will spend the next few years of their life.

Are you having trouble determining the right college for your child as a parent? Relax because we have got your back! Here are some simple tips that are often overlooked but can be utilised immensely to make a sound choice for your child's college admission!

Quality of education:

The first thing that any parent should see before choosing a college for their child is the 'quality of education.' This is because what they learn today will become the foundation for tomorrow. Therefore, you must assess the quality of the education imparted by the institution, teachers and their experience, teaching modules and curriculum, past performance of the students, student-teacher ratio, etc. All of this information can be derived either from the alums, online platforms or through the admission offices of the college.

Financial Viability:

Financial viability is one of the most critical decisions when deciding the right college for your child. Just because you have a dream of sending your child to a particular college doesn't mean you should go for them if they are financially cumbersome for you. Although education in top colleges in the country or abroad is expensive, you must stay within your budget and burn a hole in your pocket that can endanger your financial security. Alternatively, if you still feel that the college is the right fit for your child, you can opt for financial aid like scholarships, education loans, etc., making the process easy.

Infrastructure and Resources:

Learning is a process that should be engaging, endearing and empowering. Therefore, to make it more effective, one must have access to basic infrastructure and resources that make your child's learning experience in his college worthwhile. It would help if you enquired about classroom hygiene, availability of libraries and study materials, laboratories, safety features, seminar halls for presentations or debates, canteen, open spaces, etc.

Extra-curricular activities:

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. We all have heard about it, and it's time we implement it. Apart from academics, your child should also be involved in extra-curricular activities to enhance his creativity and innovation. Therefore, you must enroll your child in college activities such as music, dance, drama, or sports. If your child is good at any of these activities, they can also consider pursuing it professionally.


Some children like to go to college close to home, while others want to pursue it in another state, city, or country. In any circumstances, you must choose a geographically suitable college for your education. Suppose they are someone who falls in the first category. In that case, you must identify colleges that are resourceful and also within a traveling distance that can be managed by your child regularly. This is a very important decision as traveling to far-off college takes a lot of time, and your child will be exhausted before he even reaches college.

For students preferring the latter category, you must ponder upon certain factors such as the climate and if it will suit your child, then the location of the college - whether in a rural, semi-urban, or urban setting, how far is it from your home in case an emergency takes place, accessibility to the airport, train stations, etc. Whether near or far, parents and students should talk about the pros and cons of the location of each college on their list before making a decision.


We understand that choosing the college for your child can be mentally straining but make prudent decisions. Take your time while shortlisting the colleges based on the above considerations, and also consider your child's preferences before making the final decision.