There are almost 27,000 universities in the world, all offering different courses, lifestyles, and experiences. When students face the daunting task of choosing where to apply, it’s natural for them to feel overwhelmed.
After all, it’s a huge decision, and one that will impact the entire course of the rest of their lives.
According to this year’s International Student Survey, there are several factors that students find most important when choosing a university or course. These include: quality of teaching; graduate employment rates; university rankings; financial aid; and family/friend recommendations.
Because it’s impossible to research every institution, these are criteria that can quickly narrow down the number of options, and students can feel under pressure to prioritise some of these factors to simplify their decision-making.
There’s no doubt they are all important things to bear in mind. However, there is one key thing missing.
You will undoubtedly spend a lot of time stressing to your students the importance of finding a best-fit university, somewhere that aligns with their own preferences and personalities.
This is one of our core philosophies here at BridgeU. We believe that the best higher education decisions are made when students are able to get recommended their best-fit institutions and courses around the world based on a range of criteria.
In this post we’ll explain why university matching is so important, and talk you through how BridgeU’s algorithm uses data on over 26,000 global universities to provide students with highly personalised higher education recommendations. We’ll also look at some matching success stories.