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Does the university you go to really matter?

I'm in a tiny bit of a predicament! Im doing psychology and I currently have the university of York firmed for September with Hull as my insurance, however I'm considering just generally going to Hull instead even if I get into York. The reason as to why I'm thinking this, is because after university I've worked out that due to my current savings, I'd have enough saved for a mortgage if I went to Hull (it's my home town) Whereas if I went to York I almost certainly wouldn’t have that. Buttt I know that York is much higher on the rankings for my subject and has better graduate prospects. Furthermore I do think the city is v pretty. But is it worth going to a higher ranking and nicer city if I'm missing out on potential security for my future after university? The reason as to why I'm asking this here is because I don't really know how important it is to go to a high ranking university I know my peers all think its important, but when I ask them none of them can give me a solid genuine answer as to why, so I prefer to take their opinion with a grain of salt.
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Original post by Avsopss
I'm in a tiny bit of a predicament! Im doing psychology and I currently have the university of York firmed for September with Hull as my insurance, however I'm considering just generally going to Hull instead even if I get into York. The reason as to why I'm thinking this, is because after university I've worked out that due to my current savings, I'd have enough saved for a mortgage if I went to Hull (it's my home town) Whereas if I went to York I almost certainly wouldn’t have that. Buttt I know that York is much higher on the rankings for my subject and has better graduate prospects. Furthermore I do think the city is v pretty. But is it worth going to a higher ranking and nicer city if I'm missing out on potential security for my future after university? The reason as to why I'm asking this here is because I don't really know how important it is to go to a high ranking university I know my peers all think its important, but when I ask them none of them can give me a solid genuine answer as to why, so I prefer to take their opinion with a grain of salt.

Look for data on the earning potential after getting a degree. Psychology from Hull is almost certainly zero benefit, in other words, on average it doesn't enhance earning potential at all, so it's just debt. It's almost certain that future earning potential is better from York.
Original post by Avsopss
I'm in a tiny bit of a predicament! Im doing psychology and I currently have the university of York firmed for September with Hull as my insurance, however I'm considering just generally going to Hull instead even if I get into York. The reason as to why I'm thinking this, is because after university I've worked out that due to my current savings, I'd have enough saved for a mortgage if I went to Hull (it's my home town) Whereas if I went to York I almost certainly wouldn’t have that. Buttt I know that York is much higher on the rankings for my subject and has better graduate prospects. Furthermore I do think the city is v pretty. But is it worth going to a higher ranking and nicer city if I'm missing out on potential security for my future after university? The reason as to why I'm asking this here is because I don't really know how important it is to go to a high ranking university I know my peers all think its important, but when I ask them none of them can give me a solid genuine answer as to why, so I prefer to take their opinion with a grain of salt.

What does "better graduate prospects" mean?
Original post by threeportdrift
Look for data on the earning potential after getting a degree. Psychology from Hull is almost certainly zero benefit, in other words, on average it doesn't enhance earning potential at all, so it's just debt. It's almost certain that future earning potential is better from York.

Evidence?
Psychology is a crowded field and most grads will end up working in other career areas.
Employers are far less fixated on 'which Uni' than many school-leavers assume.
A degree from Hull is not going to hold you back - and ultimately you career path will depend on you and not the badge on your degree certificate.
Original post by wanga_wanga
Evidence?

It's not my problem to resolve. The evidence is a simple Google search away, and is pretty irrefutable when taken on an average basis. Any individual can determine their own success, but part of that would be indicated by their own ability to track down the evidence.
Original post by Avsopss
I'm in a tiny bit of a predicament! Im doing psychology and I currently have the university of York firmed for September with Hull as my insurance, however I'm considering just generally going to Hull instead even if I get into York. The reason as to why I'm thinking this, is because after university I've worked out that due to my current savings, I'd have enough saved for a mortgage if I went to Hull (it's my home town) Whereas if I went to York I almost certainly wouldn’t have that. Buttt I know that York is much higher on the rankings for my subject and has better graduate prospects. Furthermore I do think the city is v pretty. But is it worth going to a higher ranking and nicer city if I'm missing out on potential security for my future after university? The reason as to why I'm asking this here is because I don't really know how important it is to go to a high ranking university I know my peers all think its important, but when I ask them none of them can give me a solid genuine answer as to why, so I prefer to take their opinion with a grain of salt.

Are you looking to get a mortgage in Hull? If so, what job(s) would you actually do in Hull with a psychology degree?
Original post by threeportdrift
It's not my problem to resolve. The evidence is a simple Google search away, and is pretty irrefutable when taken on an average basis. Any individual can determine their own success, but part of that would be indicated by their own ability to track down the evidence.

'google' and 'reasearch' is debatable. And the quality of evidence does tend to depend on how it was gathered. So I would challenge the term 'irrefutable'.
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Original post by Smack
Are you looking to get a mortgage in Hull? If so, what job(s) would you actually do in Hull with a psychology degree?

Right now based on personal circumstances yes it would be hull! Though if my circumstances change I'd probably wanna go somewhere else and as for what I want to do- I want to be a forensic psychologist, although if I don't end up liking or there aren't any vacancies that I'd probably be a psychology teacher.
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Original post by wanga_wanga
What does "better graduate prospects" mean?

I think i used the wrong wording (I was v tired when I wrote the post) but basically rates of people going into a job, further education etc
Original post by threeportdrift
Look for data on the earning potential after getting a degree. Psychology from Hull is almost certainly zero benefit, in other words, on average it doesn't enhance earning potential at all, so it's just debt. It's almost certain that future earning potential is better from York.

Hey I am planning to do Business and Management from Aston University. Is it a good decision? Like considering the future Prospect as well.
Original post by riik112233
Hey I am planning to do Business and Management from Aston University. Is it a good decision? Like considering the future Prospect as well.


Look at the data in the last two links I gave in the post above. I only did a quick search, there might be better data out there. It's marginal whether, on average, people get a career advantage out of that combo. It doesn't mean that if you don't work hard, you can't leverage a great career out of it, but you'll have to be better than average.

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