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    Hi all,

    I'm usually a pretty organised person so this is unusual but I have almost no idea on what universities to apply to. I've probably researched them overall for 50+ hours now including quite a few open days and I still haven't really got an idea.

    I'm going to be studying Maths (a decision which took a couple of months to decide on itself), so the courses vary very little between unis on what is actually taught, the biggest variation comes in the amount of choice of non-maths modules you can take. So the actual course doesn't really help to narrow down any unis.

    Also, I have no idea whether i would prefer a firendly campus or a vibrant city or somewhere in between, as long as I find friends on my wavelength ill be happy anywhere. I don't really care about location (I live in Somerset and wouldn't mind going all the way up to Scotland) and don't have any particular interests or sports that require any facilities. I do play music as a hobby and would consider joining a band or something similar but the facilities such as practice rooms for those are similar everywhere in the more academic unis (Russel groups, etc) as far as i can tell, i may be wrong.

    My biggest dilemma though is whether to apply to Oxbridge or not. I'm fairly confident in my ability to get the grades for it, however some aspects really dont appeal to me, such as only being there for 24 weeks, and in those weeks having to do near constant work/study. As an extension, I've been to Durham, Warwick and other 'top 5' unis such as London Imperial open days and didn't like the look of any of them particularly and from other people I've heard the social life is not the greatest (a really bad thing to judge what uni to go to on, i know). However, I would feel like I would be wasting my potential if I didn't at least apply to one of the higher ones such as durham, let alone Oxbridge (sounds pretentious, I know). I know they say you hsouldn't feel pressured to apply, but I can't help it when everyone else in my school and the years above who has/had the potential to go to the higher unis are applying for them (which is only a handful of people) which makes me think maybe I should?

    Sorry for the long post, hopefully someone can spare some time to read this and help me decide or put my mind at ease, this has been stressing me to no end

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    (Original post by sepulcher64)
    Hi all,

    I'm usually a pretty organised person so this is unusual but I have almost no idea on what universities to apply to. I've probably researched them overall for 50+ hours now including quite a few open days and I still haven't really got an idea.

    I'm going to be studying Maths (a decision which took a couple of months to decide on itself), so the courses vary very little between unis on what is actually taught, the biggest variation comes in the amount of choice of non-maths modules you can take. So the actual course doesn't really help to narrow down any unis.

    Also, I have no idea whether i would prefer a firendly campus or a vibrant city or somewhere in between, as long as I find friends on my wavelength ill be happy anywhere. I don't really care about location (I live in Somerset and wouldn't mind going all the way up to Scotland) and don't have any particular interests or sports that require any facilities. I do play music as a hobby and would consider joining a band or something similar but the facilities such as practice rooms for those are similar everywhere in the more academic unis (Russel groups, etc) as far as i can tell, i may be wrong.

    My biggest dilemma though is whether to apply to Oxbridge or not. I'm fairly confident in my ability to get the grades for it, however some aspects really dont appeal to me, such as only being there for 24 weeks, and in those weeks having to do near constant work/study. As an extension, I've been to Durham, Warwick and other 'top 5' unis such as London Imperial open days and didn't like the look of any of them particularly and from other people I've heard the social life is not the greatest (a really bad thing to judge what uni to go to on, i know). However, I would feel like I would be wasting my potential if I didn't at least apply to one of the higher ones such as durham, let alone Oxbridge (sounds pretentious, I know). I know they say you hsouldn't feel pressured to apply, but I can't help it when everyone else in my school and the years above who has/had the potential to go to the higher unis are applying for them (which is only a handful of people) which makes me think maybe I should?

    Sorry for the long post, hopefully someone can spare some time to read this and help me decide or put my mind at ease, this has been stressing me to no end

    Cheers
    You can apply to Cambridge or Oxford now, in time for their deadline, and then add your other choices later.

    Note, if you do this you can't make any other changes to your application. PS and reference etc remains the same throughout.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    You can apply to Cambridge or Oxford now, in time for their deadline, and then add your other choices later.

    Note, if you do this you can't make any other changes to your application. PS and reference etc remains the same throughout.

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    Really? I asked my school and they said that you have to send it all off at the same time although I wouldn't trust their knowledge. Any idea how to go about doing that?
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    (Original post by sepulcher64)
    Really? I asked my school and they said that you have to send it all off at the same time although I wouldn't trust their knowledge. Any idea how to go about doing that?
    You can just keep adding universities until you hit 5; you don't have to send them all off at once.

    Your school is lying to you.
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    (Original post by sepulcher64)
    Really? I asked my school and they said that you have to send it all off at the same time although I wouldn't trust their knowledge. Any idea how to go about doing that?
    Nope. Just submit it with your Oxbridge choice. And then add the others later via Track. You can add them all one at a time ... It's entirely up to you.

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    And just to add, all your choices will give you full and equal consideration if you apply before 15th January.

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