Are universities with higher entry requirements always the better option?

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    This may sound dumb but checking websites like whatuni, I've seen that higher "rated" universities seem to have lower student satisfaction and other factors that make them seem worse than some universities that are seen as lower than them.
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    Bear in mind that student satisfaction relies on people who have only experienced one university (their own). So can you really compare between across unis meaningfully?

    Higher entry requirements generally mean more advanced teaching because the class is smarter. But it's a rule of thumb rather than a law, and there are other factors (graduate destinations etc.).
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    You have to weigh how much you want to find university an enjoyable experience (going out multiple times a week, spending lots of time with multiple societies, etc.) versus the quality of education you want.

    My university isn't particularly good on "Student Satisfaction" league tables, and it can be a downright unpleasant experience at times (although most of the time is still very enjoyable), but it is incredibly academically stimulating and I wouldn't trade that for anything.
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    Some unis which are not actually that high increase their entry req just to seem prestigious and reputable so they can be in the same league as the top unis
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    There can also be quite a disconnect between published entry requirements, offers made, and accepted grades.
    The best option IMHO though is the best course for you at the university you will feel happy about. You shouldn't have to view getting a degree as a sentence to 3/4 years of purgatory
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    There are plenty of other factors to consider.

    e.g. for physics, Durham offer A*A*A yet it's a complete ****hole
    Oxford offer A*AA and it's ok I guess.
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    (Original post by AlexFam)
    There are plenty of other factors to consider.

    e.g. for physics, Durham offer A*A*A yet it's a complete ****hole
    Oxford offer A*AA and it's ok I guess.
    I would hardly call Durham a shithole...
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    (Original post by alow)
    I would hardly call Durham a shithole...
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    (Original post by BrainJuice)
    This may sound dumb but checking websites like whatuni, I've seen that higher "rated" universities seem to have lower student satisfaction and other factors that make them seem worse than some universities that are seen as lower than them.
    It depends what your priorities are thus you go to the place that is best for you.
    Just do a pros and cons of all the factors you think are important from academic down to social life.
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    (Original post by BrainJuice)
    This may sound dumb but checking websites like whatuni, I've seen that higher "rated" universities seem to have lower student satisfaction and other factors that make them seem worse than some universities that are seen as lower than them.
    Would you rather be 'satisfied' or properly educated honestly. Part of the reason student satisfaction for those universities can be lower is because the courses are harder and there's less time to explain every single detail. I think Birmingham is the exception to the rule since it seems to have high student satisfaction ratings while being fairly rigorous.
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    The people at the better unis tend to have higher expectations. The students at, say, Plymouth are much easier to please than the ones at LSE

    Generally the higher the entry requirement, the better the uni. However, this isn't always the case. For example, Queen Mary UoL wants A*AA for Law, which is just downright hilarious given their reputation. I don't know how they think they can justify having such high entry requirements. Bristol, on the other hand, wants AAA but is exceptionally good, quite possibly top 5, and certainly top 10 for law. Then look at Nottingham, which wants A*AA for Law but probably isn't any better than Bristol, if not slightly worse.

    But yes, the general trend is that an AAA uni will be better than a BBB uni.
 
 
 
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