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    (Original post by Josb)
    It's impossible to answer this question - unless someone has had some sort of interaction with every British university. Most people on TSR have only been to one university, perhaps two.
    A better thread title would ask you to name the most underrated/overrated universities and explain the reason(s) why.
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    Cambridge seems massively overhyped to me, people seem to think going to cambridge will automatically land you a 100k a week job upon graduation
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    (Original post by Lawliettt)
    Exeter is bang average and one visit would be all it takes for you to realise that (unless you attendthere and you're defending iit's ranking based in bias).

    And the other websites you listed don't have it above UCL or Bath so I'll stick with those. I didn't even like UCL that much. Especially for STEM subjects. But it's still way better than freaking exeter.

    And the location is **** too. How can you build a uni on a hill?
    I do attend Exetah, yes. Though I am not trying to defend its ranking -- its ranking doesn't mean anything to me because I am not a 17-year-old applicant. I just find your picking out Exeter baffling. Why not Lancaster and Surrey? Because you don't like hills?
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    (Original post by AnonymousPrince319413)
    Ah Prince, surly you would add Warwrick to the overrated list.....

    Overrated- LSE, UCL, Warwick.......................

    Underrated- Caltech (genuinely couldn't think of one in the UK)
    Hmmmmm I wonder why he didn't include Warwick

    Reckon he's not too happy about the number of upvotes that Warwick reply got
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    (Original post by C_Richards99)
    Hmmmmm I wonder why he didn't include Warwick

    Reckon he's not too happy about the number of upvotes that Warwick reply got
    Looooool

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    (Original post by Nameless Ghoul)
    I do attend Exetah, yes. Though I am not trying to defend its ranking -- its ranking doesn't mean anything to me because I am not a 17-year-old applicant. I just find your picking out Exeter baffling. Why not Lancaster and Surrey? Because you don't like hills?
    They're both overrated too. I only mentioned Exeter because I've personally been there and i know for a fact it shouldn't be anywhere near 10th. I don't know what algorithm that website is using
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    (Original post by intelligent con)
    Cambridge seems massively overhyped to me, people seem to think going to cambridge will automatically land you a 100k a week job upon graduation
    I agree to an extent - three teachers in my school went to Cambridge and are now just school teachers, and this is the only job they've had despite doing respectable degrees :/
    Whenever those in my school got offers from Cambridge a maaasive deal was made out of it from the school&the student's like they'd won the lottery or something - this even being before they'd confirmed their place
    Cambridge has produced some great people in the past though
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    (Original post by Pro Crastination)
    I rejected 3 RGs to come to Bath, most of the people I know did something similar, usually with a middling RG as insurance, some got to Oxbridge entrance exams. Maybe your perspective was true a decade or so ago but certainly not today.
    How is Bath as you have experienced? I just received offers from Exeter, Nottingham and Bath in Economics. Most of my friends who are currently studying in the UK recommend Bath. Only one, who is attending Exeter, recommends Exeter. I prefer to study in a bigger city, but QMUL rejected me, though I might have a chance in clearing.

    I'm worried about how well the school community is brought together (like clubs and the quality of students), the lectures and convenience to travel to nearby cities. I saw some pretty low student satisfaction scores on ranking sites. Are they that unreliable?
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    (Original post by intelligent con)
    Cambridge seems massively overhyped to me, people seem to think going to cambridge will automatically land you a 100k a week job upon graduation
    Cambridge deserves all the hype it gets. Its like the English MIT and Harvard combined.

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    I don't even know but sometimes I feel like people don't give Sheffield it's glory.
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    (Original post by Lawbringer)
    I didn't mean Btech or anything was worse. But those who did have btech did like rubbish I mean my mate got AAA and he didn't go bham like a hero so he got stuck in aston with people who have never done exams and cause the lecturers to stop a lot. He put so much effort in but aston let almost anyone in so he wasted his time going there. I ain't trying to hate but just tell it as it lol.

    Uni of bham are much stricter so even you did do an alternative course you damn sure know the person did well in it or else they wouldn't be there. It's why I am taking 1 year out and applying to UoB instead of taking my place @ aston.
    It's interesting to hear that actually. I found that when I visited both Aston and UoB, I got a better feeling at Birmingham than Aston. Aston is, in my opinion, very overrated for its business school.. I think Birmingham's is nicer even if it isn't really renowned for it. Plus, I like the fact (and you mentioned this too), that it's a filtered crowd, only people who have worked their butt off, get the offer and the place in the end. I mean, at Aston, the process is relatively the same, but it's less stricter than Birmingham What are you planning to study at UoB?
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    (Original post by Lawliettt)
    They're both overrated too. I only mentioned Exeter because I've personally been there and i know for a fact it shouldn't be anywhere near 10th. I don't know what algorithm that website is using
    How was it different to the other top 10 unis you visited?
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    (Original post by Lovinlife2)
    It's interesting to hear that actually. I found that when I visited both Aston and UoB, I got a better feeling at Birmingham than Aston. Aston is, in my opinion, very overrated for its business school.. I think Birmingham's is nicer even if it isn't really renowned for it. Plus, I like the fact (and you mentioned this too), that it's a filtered crowd, only people who have worked their butt off, get the offer and the place in the end. I mean, at Aston, the process is relatively the same, but it's less stricter than Birmingham What are you planning to study at UoB?
    I honest to god don't recommend Aston at all, if you really intend on studying there PM and will explain in more detail why.
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    (Original post by JGBishop24)
    How is Bath as you have experienced? I just received offers from Exeter, Nottingham and Bath in Economics. Most of my friends who are currently studying in the UK recommend Bath. Only one, who is attending Exeter, recommends Exeter. I prefer to study in a bigger city, but QMUL rejected me, though I might have a chance in clearing.

    I'm worried about how well the school community is brought together (like clubs and the quality of students), the lectures and convenience to travel to nearby cities. I saw some pretty low student satisfaction scores on ranking sites. Are they that unreliable?
    I and a few others have made a few comments in this thread which might be useful in regards to Bath's student satisfaction and what that should mean for prospective applicants. In short, it depends on what you want to get out of your degree. If the career at the end of it is your top priority, Bath is the place to be (assuming you do a placement), otherwise, don't immediately write off the likes of Nottingham (I actually liked the look of Nottingham quite a bit when I visited an Economics open day there) or Exeter.
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    (Original post by Pro Crastination)
    I and a few others have made a few comments in this thread which might be useful in regards to Bath's student satisfaction and what that should mean for prospective applicants. In short, it depends on what you want to get out of your degree. If the career at the end of it is your top priority, Bath is the place to be (assuming you do a placement), otherwise, don't immediately write off the likes of Nottingham (I actually liked the look of Nottingham quite a bit when I visited an Economics open day there) or Exeter.
    Thank you so much!!
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    (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
    Overrated: UCL, Warwick, Durham


    Underrated: Nottingham, Bath, Southampton, Manchester



    No waaaay is KCL better than those unis! Columbia speaks for itself, the UCs are amazing and Duke is pretty much an Ivy. :laugh:
    A few of the UCs are actually mediocre at best.
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    (Original post by yl95)
    A few of the UCs are actually mediocre at best.
    Berkeley is really good.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    They're above Imperial in global rankings, which is complete nonsense. All the current UCL applicants I've spoken to feel like they'll get their bottoms kissed because they have the uni's name on their CV. LSE because people think it's a ticket to big bucks, when really, they just compete against other top 5-10 uni students for jobs.

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    LSE's never higher than Imperial in the global rankings. UCL is lower than Imperial on the THE rankings.
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    (Original post by ServantOfMorgoth)
    Berkeley is really good.

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    I know it is really good. Merced is pretty crap though.
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    (Original post by Nameless Ghoul)
    How was it different to the other top 10 unis you visited?
    I went for engineering and their department seemed meh. Their modules seemed so boring compared to Imperial, Cardiff, UCL, Carsiff, Manchester, Warwick and Bath. Or maybe the boring lecturer made it seem that way. But if he can't be enthusiastic for a visit day then when will he? Their accommodation is relatively expensive yet average. Their facilities were no better than any other uni I've visited. And the course apparently only had space for 40 people?

    I didn't like the area itself. Probably because of the hills though. No way can i live like that for 4 years. Cardiff and Manchester were much better in this department despite being ranked lower. Manchester was probably my favourite out of all the Uni's I've visited.

    There's genuinely nothing that stood out to say exeter is a top 10 uni in the UK. Their entry standards are also inflated compared to other Unis because they don't really have the space to run courses that don't require top grades. For example, if you compare course by course, Manchester/Cardiff, if anything have higher entry standards overall. I know they definetely do for engineering. But they also have things like large nursing and midwifery schools. And while these are respected courses, they'll bring entry requirements down since they're not asking for AAA or w.e

    And ranking websited like the complete uni guide dont take this into account.

    And their algorithm also lists having a very high student to staff ratio as a positive? I don't get it. Having a big Uni is great. But why would having hardly any staff for students to turn to be a good thing? You need a balance. Ranking on academic spend is strange too. Some Unis currently requre more refurbishment than others. That doesn't make them any better than a Uni who has undergone refurbishment years ago. And some courses are also more expensive to run than others.


    The Exeter Uni itself isn't bad. It was ok. I liked it much more than other respected Uni's like Queen Marys. But for it to be that high is the definition of being overrated. It's not the 10th best Uni in England lol
 
 
 
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