Excuses to reject a university... Watch
So far I've found reasons to cross off all of my four choices which doesn't help...
Prestige/Name of Uni
Quality of Uni
Quality of Course/Teaching
Size of University (No. of Students)
Composition of Student Body (Male/Female, Domestic/Foreign etc)
Imperial: Prestigious, internationally recognised, in London, close to home, I've heard the nightlife is crap despite being in london, massive workload and expensive to live in.
Manchester: Great nightlife (from what I've heard), cheap to live in, possibly a less taxing workload, but less prestigious and internationally recognised.
Bristol: Haven't really given them a chance because three people I know are already there, two of which are doing the same course as me and I'm kinda trying to get away from things and start again.
Last factor, which I've been trying to stop myself from turning into a deciding factor is the distance from Oxford, where my gf lives.
Re the girlfriend thing, try to put it out of your mind when making a decision. I wont go into things to much, but you need to pick the right place for you, the place which will provide you personally with the best education/overall uni experience.
What excuses did other give themselves for turning down any of these?
I'd probably turn down Manchester because it's so city-city but then.. you're applying to London so I geuss that wont help too much XD
My primary reason would be the prestigiousness.. Maybe you should've applied elsewhere? You could start off by weighing the reasons, and eliminate the minor ones etc., and focus on the major things. I'll probably make a chart if I don't get into my top choice and do that.
I didn't apply to any universities that were well known as bad, all of the ones I applied to were in the top 30, so really, I know that whichever one I chose I'd be going somewhere respectable.
I visited the three I've got offers for already, (Exeter, Lancaster and Sheffield) and basically I went to all three with an open mind, to see which one i could genuinely see myself being happiest at.
I've also applied to Durham and Bristol, but haven't heard anything yet, and if I get offers, I'll go to them with an open mind too (I haven't visited them yet).
However, if I decided that I wasn't very keen on Durham for example, because I didn't like the city or the atmosphere or whatever but I thought that Lancaster had everything I needed to make me happy, I wouldn't force myself to go to Durham just because it would make people think "ooooh Durham!".
So,yeah, I'm just saying I don't think it's a good idea to go somewhere based on whether they are prestigious over whether you'll be happy there.
So you'd rather go somewhere that you didn't like but was prestigious, over somewhere that you found a better place/friendlier but not as prestigious?
Lancaster does not have good enough job prospects, and not enough shops nearby. Also too far north (I want to be close enough to London I can go on the occasional day-trip there).
If my exams this week go badly, I guess I can't apply to the unis with AAA offer (Bristol, and possibly UCL if they ever get round to replying to me!)
I'm not getting any funding from my parents myself, so I'm paying for the next 4 years with government bursaries and loans that I'm going to have to pay off when I'm working so I do want to get my moneys worth, cause it's not like I'll ever be able to do this again, but the decision is entirely mine. Problem is that I don't want to sacrifice getting a 'better' degree in favour of my comfort/social life, yet I don't want to sacrifice my enjoyment of the next 4 years just to get a degree which employers might regard more highly. Something tells me I'm not going to find an answer to this situation...
Yeah actually.. but then my top choice is both prestigious and in my opinion, a better place. I said that only because it's just 3 years, but a HELL of a lot of money; my family isn't very rich. And I think if I were to spend someone else's money, I wanna make sure it's spent for the reason why my parents are willing to spend it, not for my comfort. But that's just me. Obviously you don't agree :P But I think prestigiousness is a big part in a lot of people's choices..
However, like you, I also feel that the most prestigious university on my list is my favourite, so fortunately I haven't had to make any such choices between universities (also got rejected by a couple, so that makes things a lot easier anyway, heh! )
Like you said, it's totally up to you! Isn't it so scary, I dread making decisions like these :P
I just know that I'm going to regret my decision at some point because I have found bad points for each of my choices. Everyone I know who went to uni this year has had an amazing time and doesn't regret their decision at all which sucks. I almost wish I didn't have a choice.
My point is that even if you 'get everything right' in your university choice, you are only there for three years of your life - and even if those three years are brilliant, they won't guarantee you happiness for the rest of your life. I'm sure a lot of people will disagree with this, but I think it would be wise to focus a bit more on the long-term options. I mean, if you find a course and university which will serve to get you far in life, which you will also really enjoy, then fantastic. However, if you're having to make a decision between the two things, then IMHO, it might be wiser to pay more attention to the long-term benefits than the short-term ones.
... Which, before anyone suggests it, is not to say that you should spend three years at a university you hate, simply because it's 'pragmatic' to do so. What I mean is, if you're content with all of your universities, and view them as equal in that respect, then you may as well go for the one that is going to provide you with the best start in life.