Majority of Pakistani Students Ask Others Before Applying for University: Survey

Recently, Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association, carried out a survey to measure students’ aspirations and attitudes during the initial year of their undergraduate degree with an aim to track how their ideals and hopes change over the duration of their undergraduate program.

Titled “Student Expectation Survey,” the survey was conducted between 14 and 21 September in which more than 1,014 students from across Pakistan participated.


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According to the survey, 83% of students believe that university education in Pakistan is unaffordable while 17% think that university is affordable for most students.

Around 35% of students think that the higher education system of Pakistan is average, 15% consider it to be below average, 29% consider it to be above average, 15% consider it to be one of the best in the world, and 5% said that it is the best in the world.

9 out of 10 students aim to pursue an advanced degree, with 2 out of 5 students expecting to earn a Master’s degree while 1 out of 3 aspiring to earn a Ph.D.

8 out of 10 students believe that helping others during challenging times is important.


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Furthermore, 60% of students sought information from parents and relatives before applying to universities, 55% from university teachers, 48% from friends already studying in universities, 45% from college classmates, and 45% sought admission information from campus visits.

It must be noted here that universities’ brochures and announcements through radio and television are unpopular sources of information for admissions among students.

Lastly, 9 out of 10 students revealed that they continued education to become a better educated person while 7 out of 10 students said that they continued education to end their dependence on their parents’ income.

Read the survey in detail at Gallup Pakistan.