Yocket’s Grad School Finder is tool specially designed for Yocket users. You can enter your prefered course, academic details, exam results, essay and extra curricular ratings and get a specially curated list of universities for your profile.Read More
Our developers here at Yocket have worked especially hard to come up with this feature. We use big data and artificial intelligence to help predict the chances of you getting an admit from a university for a particular course. You can use this feature along with our grad school finder or click on the course of your choice on the University’s review page!Read More
This feature can be used to compare two or more universities. It displays comparisons based on Cost of studying, Scholarships, Weather, Location, Ranking, and so much more!!.Read More
Given is a set of universities, third parties and government institutions that offer scholarship opportunities to international students wanting to pursue their studies abroad.Read More
The Undergrad College Finder is a great way to commence your journey to your dream University for your Bachelors. You just have to enter your Test Scores (SAT/ACT scores, average of your scores in High School) and fill your Academic Profile (name of the Board and latest Institute attended) and thereafter get a specially curated list of the 12 Universities for your profile, classified under Ambitious, Target & Safe.Read More
While shortlisting universities to apply to, you must do thorough research. You must read reviews, speak to alumni and students who are currently studying at the university on LinkedIn, you should read about the program curriculum and make note of all the requirements, and so much more information that you should find out before shortlisting the university. Perhaps one of the most important factor to consider is the location.
Now, why is location so important? That question is what the article is about so, yeah, I’m gonna answer it.
There are a lot of factors that ‘tag along’ with the location of the university, like:
The most important factor is JOBS. Everybody wants a job, right? It could be for various reasons, like to earn money while studying to help pay off some of the crushing debt, to gain experience, to add value to your resume, to stay back in the country, etc.
In general, the availability of jobs tend to be plenty where there is industry. Since cities have a high density of companies, they usually come with the promise of a large number of jobs, in almost all types of industries. Jobs are available in plenty where there is a technological boom. It may not be necessary to that your university should be located in a big city. For example, North Carolina State University (NCSU) is not located near any of the highly sought after ‘large cities’ like NYC or LA or Boston or Chicago. But! It is still one of the most highly sought after universities for Computer Science and related fields. This is because it is located in Raleigh where the ‘Research Triangle’ exists. This is a software hub setup in Raleigh. A large number of Fortune 100 companies recruit students from NCSU. Therefore, it is important to consider job opportunities around the location of your university. Similarly, for subjects like Mining Engineering, having a university near an important mining location would be helpful, and such sites might not exist near a big city.
The next important factor is exposure. In a city, the level of exposure you have will be higher as compared to a university in a comparatively rural setting. However, this by no means affects the ranking of the universities. Some of the best universities in the world have a rural setting. Exposure is just a matter of personal opinion. Some people prefer a city setting while some prefer a more laid back environment.
Speaking of environments, campus size is largely affected by location. Universities in city settings generally may not have enough space to have a proper ‘gated’ campus. Campus might consist of scattered building or it could be restricted to a smaller piece of land. Whereas, for universities in a rural setting, a couple hundred acres of land, a stadium, a football field, an olympic sized pool, a river of its own, an airport here and there, will just be basic necessities. I’m exaggerating, of course. Or am I?
So, again, make sure you know what kind of experience you want while pursuing your degree.
Now, as I said, location affects the kind of jobs you get. It also affects your expenditure. It influences how much money you need to pay for your personal expenses, like rent, food, amenities, transport, etc. Universities in a rural setting will be less expensive as compared to cities. You might even get a much bigger off campus room/house for much less rent. Food is also cheaper. Transport costs are cut down a lot since you won’t need to stay very far from campus to lower rent.
Now that we have spoken about city vs rural life, we need to think about location from another angle. Weather of East vs West Coast.
As you may already know, US has two major coasts, the east, which comprises of cities like NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Hoboken, etc. They have a humid continental type of climate. This means that there are four distinct seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn(Fall) and Winter. The temperatures vary highly. Summers can be warm and humid and winters can be cold and snowy.
On the other coast, cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Irvine, etc. exist. The climate here is Mediterranean. There is warm, beautiful sunshine all year round. It may rain during the winter, but overall, the climate never disappoints.
Since the climate in India is tropical in nature, a lot of students find it difficult to adjust to the climate(especially on east coast). If you’re someone who doesn’t respond well to extreme temperatures, then consider a location well suited to you.
Also, the infamous Silicon Valley is on the west coast. So if you’re considering a degree in Computer Science or a related field, you should definitely keep the west coast in mind.
Keeping all these factors in mind, it is very important to keep location as a deciding factor while shortlisting universities.
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