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I'm in year 12, taking sociology, english language and history. I'm not sure about uni, but one of the thing that puts me off is that not only is it expensive (although I can afford it), is that the whole university thing just seems very elitist. Is this the case?
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Honestly depends in the uni. I’m generalising a lot here but in my experience: unis in the north no. Unis in the south yes
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That north/south thing is just stupid ^^. You should only go uni if you want to further your studies, not because everyone else does. There’s loads of alternatives now
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If you are genuinely worried about elitism, if you do choose to go to Uni, take a close look at the stats for student intake. Some Uni's take in a huge number of private school applicants, as well as overseas. Whether that is exactly what you mean re elitism, I'm not sure.
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How are you worried about elitism manifesting itself? Academic institutions by their very nature have to exercise some level of elitism in order to make sure they are taking on the best students they can, however I would gather you probably mean this in a perhaps different way?
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
I'm in year 12, taking sociology, english language and history. I'm not sure about uni, but one of the thing that puts me off is that not only is it expensive (although I can afford it), is that the whole university thing just seems very elitist. Is this the case?
Statistically, no: UK domiciled full-time Higher Education undergraduate enrolments 2017/18 show 111,000 students from private schools and over one million students from state schools.

Experientially, possibly: pay attention to the intake profiles of your target universities. Although, that said, even a small cohort of privileged students can have a distorting effect by making their presence felt.

Financially: explore what funding you would be entitled to, and evaluate whether you feel this would be feasible for you.
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Honestly depends in the uni. I’m generalising a lot here but in my experience: unis in the north no. Unis in the south yes
which universities did you experience this at?
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Yes, university management tiers are elitist.
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
I'm in year 12, taking sociology, english language and history. I'm not sure about uni, but one of the thing that puts me off is that not only is it expensive (although I can afford it), is that the whole university thing just seems very elitist. Is this the case?
I think you ned to elaborate on what you mean by elitist because different contributors have answered by what they mean by elitist.
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