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Omri Porat
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I have been in love with the location of the university and pretty much anything about the university but my only concern is that it appears to be ranked quite low in international subject rankings especially for Physics (what I want to study). Is there a reason why it isn't as well known as many other universities and is rated lower than them? Is the reason why it is ranked highly in the UK because of the royal family?
I don't want to come across badly I just really love the place and want to make sure I make the right decision.

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If you are looking at QS rankings, I believe that the main reason is due to the size of the university. QS rankings often favour larger universities, which is why you might see Edinburgh or Manchester ranked quite highly worldwide, while being lower on UK league tables.
According to QS, St Andrews is actually the highest rated UK university with <10,000 students. For it to rank in the top 100 overall is actually pretty good.

To be honest though, I wouldn't pay massive attention to rankings. They may be OK as a rough indicator, but you should go to the place you think is best for you.

[Disclaimer: I am not an expert on this subject. This is just what I've gathered from talking to others.]
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(Original post by Omri Porat)
I have been in love with the location of the university and pretty much anything about the university but my only concern is that it appears to be ranked quite low in international subject rankings especially for Physics (what I want to study). Is there a reason why it isn't as well known as many other universities and is rated lower than them? Is the reason why it is ranked highly in the UK because of the royal family?
I don't want to come across badly I just really love the place and want to make sure I make the right decision.

Thanks!
look at the criteria used in the World rankings and then look at the criteria used in the domestic league tables (Guardian, Complete & Sunday Times) and decide what criteria is most important to you.

the world rankings use things like citations per faculty that will not affect your undergraduate experience one bit
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Thanks for the tips
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