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    You've done very well to quantify those universities, but there are other factors to consider that are not so quantifiable. For example, do you like the look of the university? Warwick may provide excellent opportunities to get into investment banking, but it looks rather hideous and is in a remote location. Another example, the perceived reputation of the university. Often the league tables and employment progression rates won't have any impact on how a university is perceived, that is, their deeply-rooted reputation. And I do think that is something you might want to take into consideration.

    And then you've got the uni experience itself, which you might consider worth paying for, even if it won't increase your earning potential enough that you would have been in a better financial position by not going to uni.
    Warwick would have to look pretty hideous to put me off. I am really not that bothered about visual aesthetics as I said previously. Since my social life has always been none existent all I really need is a restaurant similar to TGI Fridays or Frankie and Bennies. A movie theater and some basic shops. I mean sure Bath stands out because it is a beautiful city, and has the spa which i like. However I couldn't afford to go to the spa enough to make it worthwhile.

    Perceived reputation is a big deal it is why the graduate salaries for ST Andrews and Lancaster concerns me. It is also why I have questions about Surrey. Normally perceived reputation is reflected in Graduate salary and employment averages.

    This is one of the things that concerns me a lot of people say six months after graduation does not mean much. Well I am aware that I probably wont be earning the graduate salary for the rest of my life I would expect to progress. However some people can just get ahead because of themselves my autism is a major factor.

    To expand on that people always want to and do look at me as stupid as soon as they find out the autistic label. with employers actually saying "because I am autistic I learn slower) as I have said in other places if I mention the IQ of 144 they only hear 44. The bias reinterpret everything to confirm the bias of me been stupid if I came out of St Andrews or Lancaster they would go never heard of that must be some crappy poly Technic, if a guy with actual social skills or some attractive blonde came out of those same universities they would be wow you went to ST/Andrews and Lancaster.

    Many people wont understand what i mean but as I have said on numerous discussions people say that people like nice people I say that people label people they like as nice. Might seem like the same thing but is a big difference their.

    However If i got into Cambridge, Imperial, Warwick, UCL, Bristol or etc it is too hard for them to play that game they have to acknowledge I went to and graduated from a decent university.
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    If "reputation" is important to you, St Andrews is better known internationally than most other UK universities - especially in America. A certain future king (and his wife) went there to further enhance the international interest. As a result, 47% of the student population is international, that's more than Cambridge and Oxford.

    (Oh and John Napier too - so not bad for maths...)
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