With exams underway or even finished, university applications submitted and university rankings released, we asked our readers what the most important factor for them was when choosing a university. Here are the top 10 answers …
1. We shouldn't pick a university based on a single factor, but employment prospects after graduating are very important. A strong academic reputation is crucial in picking a good university, but it's harder to stand out in class if everyone is smart (or smarter than you). Besides, no matter how prestigious your college is, you will still have to do the same job-hunting as everyone else. It's better to secure a job you are pleased with rather than find yourself burdened with massive loans and Ivy League hoodies, but no stable income.
Charlotte Chan, 15, German Swiss International School
2. It may sound a bit absurd, but the coziness of the dormitory is one of the important factors in choosing a university. I mean, you'll be living in that tiny room for a whole year. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, it'll affect your studies and performance.
Jennifer Tang, 17, Carmel Secondary School
3. I believe the most important factor in choosing a university is your future plans, which are connected to what job you want to do. Different universities specialise in different subjects so you need to be aware of what you want to study and which subject best matches with your career plans. Then go ahead and choose the best university for that particular subject.
Ramanpreet Kaur, 15, St Margaret's Girls College
4. As well as my appearance and sweet tooth, I seem to have inherited the following mindset from my dad - study hard at a good university and get a good job in Hong Kong. Therefore, to me, prestige almost always matters most. This is the world we live in, children.
Sonali Gidwani, 17, West Island School
5. For me, the campus environment is important. Ultimately, the next four (or more) years will be spent at the same campus, which will undoubtedly provide endless memorable experiences and reminiscences . Most of all, college is a personal choice, so always trust your gut feeling.
Wincy Leung, 17, King George V School
6. The most important factor in selecting a university is whether it offers courses that match my interests. If a particular course can help develop my interests into a career, I'll definitely go for it. Nothing is more enjoyable and satisfying than having your interests form part of your lifelong career.
Anson Tsoi, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School
7. The major concern is probably the overall cost of attending a university. Make sure to find one you can afford without needing a huge loan. Don't just get attracted to schools that are popular or just because you're a friend magnet. Do keep in mind that the tuition and accommodation can bring you an awful debt, which is counter-intuitive!
Jacqueline Hidalgo, 15, St Margaret's Girls College
8. Location is important. Good accessibility to city areas means it's more likely famous figures will come to the university to hold activities such as talks. University should be a platform for interaction and diversifying students' learning experiences. This will help us gain exposure in non-academic fields.
Darren Tang, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School
9. The size of the university is very important. Some students may prefer tutorials in small groups, but many universities cannot offer them owing to the large number of students. On the other hand, some may prefer sitting in a large class. So, it's important to choose a university with a size that suits you.
Jade Lam, 17, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Britain
10. The ranking of the university is not that important; rather, you should ask whether that university can provide you with the necessary resources and fully support you. Apart from academic support, other opportunities like exchanges, volunteering and internships are all crucial in order to let you stand out from the crowd in the future.
Wong Oi-man, 18, City University of Hong Kong