How should I select my schools?

Figuring out the right college or university you want to go to, is one of the most important decisions you would be making in your academic career.  This decision could be based on range of the student’s various requirements and abilities.  There is plenty of information all around but the problem is how to pick & choose the relevant info and sift through it to and ultimately settle for those colleges that could perfectly cater to most of your needs.  Selection of schools is not a one-time process.  You need to have a tentative list prepared and then shortlist the universities you would finally apply to.  While selecting the university/ college you would like to go to, keep in mind certain key factors like the courses offered, intake dates, ranking and selectivity, academic background, test scores, cost involved, accreditation etc.  Size of the college, the financial aid offered to international students, the student-faculty ratio, faculty and their qualifications and location and climatic conditions and student services offered by the college are some of the other things to consider while selecting the school.