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You are ready to begin your university education and you know exactly which course of study you want to pursue. While the university of your dreams is offering you admission, it is not offering you the course you desire. Thankfully, another university is doing just that. It should be a simple decision but now you find yourself torn between choosing the course you are passionate about and the university you really want to be part of. What do you do?

You would probably be surprised to learn that you are not the first person to be in this kind of situation. Choosing between a course and a university can be really difficult, considering that there are pros and cons on both sides of the divide. Which should be your priority – the course or the university?

At the end of the day, it is your decision. You have to make up your mind on which is more important to you. However, we have some suggestions to help you make a decision.

Let’s start with the views of some experts on the matter.

GTBank recommends that you put your passion first – the course! Their argument is that selecting a course that will take you to your future will provide a favourable environment to work hard and make better grades. In other words, having a good academic record is of more importance compared to the college from which you did the course. Furthermore, they think that when you pick a school as against the course, you may end up with a career that is not in line with your passion. You can read more about it here: School VS Course: Which is more important?

iDreamCareer also tilts in this direction. They add that a career selection process should begin with first selecting the career you want to pursue. This decision is to be taken according to your strengths and interests. Once you decide the career, you should look for the courses that can take you towards your desired career and then find the colleges that are best for pursuing the course. Furthermore, iDreamCareer believes that you will have a far better chance of excelling in academic performance when you are studying a course that you find interesting. On the other hand, pursuing a course which you find less interesting can undermine your performance. You can check out their perspectives on the issue here: Course Vs College! Which is More Important?

Before you conclude that course trumps college, we wish to point your attention to a blog post by Simran Kaur, which sheds more light on the argument by pointing out different scenarios that would favour school over course and vice versa.

Kaur argues that you may choose to opt for college over course when your long-term career course goals can be pursued with any course or when a related course is available in a better college. However, you should ensure that the course that you are getting in that college is somewhat related to your ultimate goal and can help you on the path to your dream career.

You can read more about it here: College Vs. Course: Expert Tips to Make the Choice Easy

Making a choice between a college and a course may become simpler when you consider a crucial point that was raised by Kaur. Even if you chose a mediocre college because it offers you the course you desire, remember that you can make up for the mediocre college by getting into a great college/university at your Post-Graduate level. Also, you can outperform students from top colleges by acquiring skills over the course of college life and making yourself good at what you do.

So, have you made a decision?

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