Open days can feel daunting if you’ve not been to one before but there’s no need to worry, with a bit of preparation, they are the best way to help you narrow down your uni choices and improve your application.
Here are our five top tips to help you make the most of your next open day...
Research your universities
There are a lot of options out there for you to choose from and the most important thing you can do is make sure that both the university and the course you want to study are a good fit. You are spending a lot of time and money to go to university so enjoying the course, campus etc. is important.
Make a list of pros and cons of each course and university and any questions you want answered, book your open day and use social media to look at feedback and talk to current students before you go.
Book your place
Open days can fill up fast so confirm your place ASAP to make sure that you don’t miss out!
Plan your travel arrangements
Once you have decided which universities you want to visit, you need to decide how to get there! Take a look at the university website to find out where your open day will be and work out how long you will need to get there without rushing. If you are driving, it is worth checking where you are advised to park and if you’re using public transport, make sure you have a map or the address written down so you can get directions!
Don’t worry though, open days are well signposted and if you do get lost, tweet or call the university for some help.
Make sure you make the most of your time on campus
You will have spent time and money to get to the open day so go to as many talks as you can, take a campus tour, look inside the accommodation and chat to the student ambassadors. University websites are comprehensive and your open day talks will probably answer most of the questions you have but an open day is the best opportunity you will have to talk to tutors and find out more about the university.
At our open days, we representatives from every department to have a chat to about your chosen course(s). We also have student services with finance, admissions and the accommodation teams on hand to answer all your questions. At selected open days we also have UCAS onsite to talk about your personal statement.
Don’t worry if you are nervous, there’s no such thing as a stupid question (trust us!) and there are plenty of people around to help you.
If you get chance, try and have a look around the town too, there's no harm in planning where to try first for lunch!
Take comfy shoes, a coat, a notepad and pen and a bottle of water with you. It will probably be a long day so comfort is key!
You may be nervous but everyone visiting an open day is in the same boat and it’s the best way to tell if a uni is right for you. And who knows, you may even meet your future friends and course mates while you are there!
Book your place at an undergraduate open day
All of our campuses will be open for you to visit from 9am-4pm. Our Helpzone and disability centre will also be open to talk about student support services.
- Saturday, 26 September 2015 for Teacher Training ONLY at our Francis Close Hall campus.
- Saturday, 03 October 2015
- Saturday, 31 October 2015
- Saturday, 21 November 2015
Choose Gloucestershire and you’ll join a top 10 UK modern university and learn from the best in the industry, from award-winning writers to BAFTA nominated film makers and BBC presenters.
Visit us at an open day and meet the lecturers, get all of your personal statement questions answered by UCAS and find out more about where your degree could take you.With an international experience guaranteed for business, marketing, law and accounting students, optional placements with the likes of the BBC and support to create your unique future plan, you can graduate ahead of the competition, working in your dream job. Our graduates are changing the face of their industries, working with global brands such as IBM, Superdry, Disney, Lego and Microsoft and their careers all started with an open day.
Book an open day now and discover where your future plan can take you.
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