No matter old the children get, they are still kids in front of their parents’ eyes. However what comes inevitable in life is the pursuit of knowledge. Here comes the part where the parents need to put a stone on their hearts and seek the best institution for their child, even if it is far away from their place. So if you are a parent and planning on the best college/university for your child, here are few tips to keep in mind:-

  1. The first and foremost thing to consider is to know what your child really wants to study. While searching for the top colleges for the child, we often tend to overlook the fact that it is the child who has to study and not the parent. Don’t impose your own dreams and wishes on them.
  2. Secondly, one should keep in mind the authenticity and accreditation of the college. You don’t want your child to pass out of a college only to realize his/her degree is void and his/her college years wasted. The accreditation goes a long way in deciding the child’s future as interviewers/ recruiters often check that in the applicant’s form.
  3. Third, comes the concept of the budget. It is one of the most important aspects while deciding the college. As the child will be staying out of home, the cost of lodging and food too comes into account. Keeping in mind all of this it is utmost necessary to choose a college that best suits your budget. Various colleges also offer financial aids and scholarships which enable students from weaker financial backgrounds to pursue their dream courses.
  4. One of the things to keep in mind is the campus facilities. If your child will be in a fully facilitated campus, he/she will have more room to grow and progress in life. Today’s colleges often offer a mixture of extra-curricular activities with daily studies which focus on the overall growth of the student.  Moreover, parents must check whether there is strong no ragging policy in the college since the child will be away from home, maybe for the first time, and there is proper care taken of the student ensuring he/she is safe and secured.
  5. The academic curriculum of the institution should be one of the major points for consideration of the institution.  The parents need to ensure that their ward gets the best of educational facilities. Considering the present scenario, parents should go for colleges that prefer hands-on-approach over just theoretical classes. The teachers should be both mentoring their academic as well as personal troubles as the student is away from his/her comfort zone, i.e. his/her homes.

Above all, you’re the best judge, do not rely heavily on others’ opinions. Only you know what’s the best for your child.