I'm predicted the entry grades required for Lancaster University and it was always my 1st choice up until today when I weighed up pros and cons. I applied to UCLAN as a back up - they want much lower grades. I have conditional offers for both--same course. My question is... Would I be silly to accept UCLAN if my grades are worthy of Lancaster? UCLAN looks fun and relaxed, and I feel like maybe I don't want the stress that Lancaster might bring. What would you do?
I read about offer holder days and was definitely planning on going to both.
I went to two open days at Lancaster University, because I was determined to go there and wouldn't be talked out of it, but I've never been to see uclan. I've heard some really good things about uclan over the last couple of weeks though, and I'm really starting to take the offer seriously.
Unless you have a burning desire to go to UCLAN after visiting them both again, I would firm Lancaster and insure UCLAN. Lancaster is the more established university (UCLAN has its' roots in Preston Poly) so tends to be the better regraded institution - but it does depend a little on the course you have applied for. You are predicted the grades for Lancaster and it sounds to me like you are having a crisis of confidence about getting the grades? By firming/insuring the two you effectively have the best of both worlds.
which course are you applying for?
I am (was? Decided to leave) a student at uclan and if I had higher grades to get into Lancaster, I would have chose Lancaster. I had health problems which prevented me from achieving higher grades at BTEC and so I had to go through foundation year first. But if I had known to have transferred after foundation, I would have done so.
I have nothing against the university but it doesn’t feel like a university. It’s on main roads and public transport there is bad. Lancaster however, is very isolated and has its own campus which is beautiful and all there are buses straight to Sainsbury’s and to the bus station. At Lancaster, everything is sort of close together whereas at uclan, it’s sort of messy and for me I don’t like it. If you’re worried about academic work and that, I think you will struggle more at uclan as the people there in a way don’t really care about the work. I know from the experience and I know people who did the same course that you have applied for. Students at uclan are more laid back and tend to do stuff last minute. The lecturers are great and will give assignments or books to read from the beginning of the semester, but the environment that you are in can bring your self esteem down and in way make you lazy. A lot of other students from uclan may disagree with me, but if you’ve got the grades to get into Lancaster, go to Lancaster. Lancaster is in the 20 universities in the U.K.. It is higher than some Russel group universities. If you get the grades to get into Lancaster, you’ll have no problem in performing well there