Deciding which university to choose
When I was in Year 13, from around this time of year onwards there was a lot of talk about who’d got offers from where and which universities everyone was going to choose. For some, there was only one university on their list in the running for that firm spot, but for others it wasn’t so easy to decide.
Whether you’ve already had some offers through or are still waiting for responses, I thought I’d share some of the things I think are helpful to consider when deciding on which universities to choose for your firm and insurance.
Whatever university you choose, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time on the campus – particularly when living and studying there in first year. I think it’s really important to consider where you’d feel most comfortable. Personally, I’d say it’s a more important consideration than the course – I knew if I wasn’t happy at the actual university, I probably wouldn’t enjoy the course I was studying there.
As I walked around the Warwick campus on open day, I had a sense that I would be happy there. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it just felt right in a way that other universities that I went to didn’t.
If you’re feeling like a couple of the universities you’ve chosen are neck-a-neck, I’d suggest considering where you think you would feel most at home.
This is another important thing to think about. If you’ve applied to the university, you hopefully like the sound of the course already, but I’d suggest looking to see if there’s something unique about any of the courses that give it the edge over other universities.
For me, the thing that was unique about Warwick’s History course was the Venice stream (prospective history students, if that sounds interesting to you, you can read about it here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/students/international/veniceprogramme/ ). I knew as soon as I heard about it that I wanted to do it, and it definitely gave Warwick’s course the edge over others that I had applied to.
This will be much more important for some people than for others. I knew that I wanted the option to be able to get home fairly easily for reading week or the odd weekend, so I thought about how convenient the location of each university I’d applied to was for me.
It wasn’t a dealbreaker for me, but it was certainly something that I thought about when I was drawing up pros and cons lists for each university.
Where other people are going
By which I mean please don’t choose a university just because people you know are going there, or reject a university you really like because no-one else you know has applied to it.
When I was in Year 13, a few universities got mentioned by my classmates much more often than others. I personally hadn’t applied to them so it didn’t affect me, but I can imagine it was slightly pressurising for some of the people who had.
Choosing a university can be a daunting prospect, and while you may well happen to want to go to the same university as other people you know, please make sure that the universities you’re thinking of choosing are all on the list because you want to go to them.
I hope you find these helpful, and as always if you have any questions feel free to send me a message!