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How to choose the best +2 college in Nepal

Published Date : September 08, 2021
Author : Bijaya Karki

This article is a complete guide to help you select the best college where your potential can find true expression and your career can blossom. Once you are sure about what career path you want to follow, you must select a college that can play an instrumental role to help you succeed in your career. The college you pick will shape and mold your career like a sculptor. This is why you have to be extremely careful while selecting a college. The college selection process may seem tiresome & daunting but believe me, this task is indispensable for you.  

Before we begin, you must understand that picking a college is the second step towards shaping your career. First, you must decide which career you want to follow (I.e. choosing your Field of Specialization). If your Field of Specialization/Concentration is management this means you are from the “Management Faculty”. You will be at a very high risk of failure if you pick a college before you choose your Field of Specialization/Faculty

In the following link, you can find my previous article on “How to choose the right career in 4 simple steps.” After you decide which faculty you want to pursue you follow the following steps. These steps will teach you how to pick the best college in Nepal. Let’s begin:

Step 1: 

Thorough Search & research.

Once you have decided which faculty you want to pursue you google the list of colleges that have your desired faculty. It is best if you search the list of colleges which are convenient and near to your location. 

If you search the list of +2 colleges in Nepal you will get thousands of results. This is why you have to be very specific because every college may not have your desired faculty. The following example will show you how to become specific while searching for colleges:

  1. If you want to pursue Law in +2, you search the “list of best Law colleges in Nepal” on the internet. 
  2. If you want to pursue Management in +2 you search “ the list of best Management colleges in Nepal” etc.
  3. If you have finished your +2 and planning to join your bachelors then you search Top Law Colleges for (B.A.LL.B) Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Laws in Nepal on the internet. If you want to proceed with your law career. 
  4. If you want to pursue IT (Information Technology) you google the list of best IT colleges in Nepal.

Step 2:

The Location

After you have the full list. You must prioritize the colleges situated in your area first.  You extend your area of the search only when you have finished researching all the nearby colleges. 

This is the most underrated issue. Many students take college location for granted. It matters because if you select a college that is very far from your area you will be wasting a lot of time while traveling. The traffic jams will further cause resistance in turn delaying & frustrating you. This is why you have to prioritize colleges in your area first.

If the college that you desire is situated very far you may consider shifting your location near your college. These days there are many public hostels situated near to every college. If that is also not possible then you must have a means of reliable public or private transport. 

Step 3:

Direct & Indirect Fees

You must be very cautious in this step. Do not rely on the information given by your seniors or peers. They might sometimes have the wrong information. The fee structure also keeps on changing in most colleges every year; this is why you must contact the college administration to know their overall fee structure. The college administration is the appropriate authority to speak about this issue. They are the ones who will disclose the total fees you have to pay from the start of the (semester/year) to the end. 

Also, ask for all the possible expenses that you might incur throughout your college life through indirect means, For example, ECA (Extracurricular activities) fees, Tour Fees, Medical Fees, etc. most colleges have creative ways to generate money from students. Most colleges will not mention this. So you have to be very vigilant. Make sure that you discuss fee structure thoroughly with the appropriate college authority. 

Don’t hesitate to ask for discounts, offers, and schemes. In most colleges, if you don’t ask, you will never get it. Also,  Just because a college is expensive doesn’t mean it will provide quality education. Also, just because a college is cheap doesn’t mean it will not provide you quality education. There are other factors to consider along with the fee structure which you will discover in upcoming steps.

Step 4:

Check the college ranking and its reputation

This is the most tricky part. Every college claims that they are the best. These days colleges invest more in the advertisement than they invest in their college development. You can easily google and discover college ranking and their reputation. There have been a lot of articles that have meticulously dealt with the college’s reputation and their comparison.

You should not only rely on their college website because most colleges have beautiful websites. This is why you must also check their Facebook page & groups to see what other people are saying about their college. I disregard those colleges whose social media and websites are unorganized and below average. 

Step 5:

Check the college infrastructure and environment

The college infrastructure and environment show the priority of the college. After you are satisfied with the overall fee structure and the college reputation you must observe the college infrastructure and its environment. 

Disregard the colleges which look like a factory buildings. Many colleges are designed to intake as many students as possible. They don’t focus on providing students with green space & open space. I recommend you visit the college to see it for yourself.  Don’t rely on the photos and videos that you see on the college website and pages. Since there are creative ways to falsely represent infrastructure and environment.

Step 6:

College amenities and facilities

The college amenities are those things that provide students enjoyment & comfort and the facilities are those things that serve a specific function. The college facility includes a library, Cafeteria, washrooms, auditoriums, seminar halls, hostels, etc. The amenities include free health service, mobile phone charging station, free Wifi, elevators,  free tuition service, free carrer counseling service, etc.

Facilities and amenities are a liability for the college. Since they don’t generate money. This is why a lot of colleges don’t invest in them. You should disregard those colleges that have poor sanitation, narrow loo, poor libraries, and dirty cafeteria.

Step 7:

College and student activities

In the 21st century, colleges are supposed to go beyond the traditional teaching and learning methodology. These days colleges organize many programs like inter-college competitions & sports. They encourage their students to become active and full of life. If the college doesn’t encourage and push students to their limits then you will not grow in such a college. In the end, you will have a certificate and nothing more. This is why you must look at how active and interactive the college administration is.

Student activities also prove that the college is very supportive and concerned about students’ overall development. In a good college students are very active. Many students become board exam toppers, They take part in national and international competitions, They volunteer for various social causes they form student clubs like debate & public speaking clubs. Etc. if a college lack such student activities this means that the environment is very dull and you must disregard them and look for the better ones.

Other things you may look into are:

  1. Affiliation to renowned universities and boards: This is important because a college affiliated with renowned universities and boards provides you strong certificates which can help you to pursue higher studies.
  2. Student diversity: Student diversity makes your college life colorful and flavorsome.  This will help you to socialize with students from different backgrounds and cultures and make your circle very rich.
  3. Multiple faculties: Many students end up switching their faculty for personal reasons. What if you get admitted to a college and later you find other faculty more appealing or regret choosing your faculty but there is no option to switch faculties in your college or it doesn’t have that faculty that you want to pick.

Conclusion:

There are a lot of widely accepted opinions that sound true but are false. Be aware! Don’t let those popular opinions influence you, I will list three widely accepted false opinions that you must be aware of:

  1. No matter which college you study, it makes no difference, they are all the same.
  2. A college cannot make your future it is just a place to learn. 
  3. Neither the college nor teachers are responsible for students’ inability to study and poor academic performance.

These redundant opinions are designed to make you settle for less. It makes you believe that you are solely responsible for everything. This is not true, a good college cares about your failure as much as it cares for your success. It pushes you to your limits to bring out the best in you. It bears responsibilities for your personal development. Only a bad, insensitive, and unconcerned college will shift the entire responsibility of your personal growth and development on your shoulders. I hope this article will help you to make better decisions. Good luck.