What to do after an open day
You've got the prospectus. You've been to the university and asked the questions you wanted to know. Now comes the tricky part – deciding whether this university could be a place to live and study for the next few years.
We've put together a list of questions to think about after coming home from an open day visit. This should help you determine whether or not the university is the one for you.
Questions to ask yourself
- How does it compare to other universities you have researched or visited?
- Does the course cover your specific interests?
- Do the staff seem attentive? Did they answer your questions well? Do you think they would help you enough if you went to study there?
- Does the local area appeal to you? Is there enough to keep you entertained?
- Would the accommodation be suitable for you?
- Will you be able to travel to university and around the local area easily?
- Is it a campus or non-campus university, and does this matter to you?
And most importantly,
- Even if it isn't your dream university, can you picture yourself being happy there?
Other things to do
- Create a pros and cons list about the university. Take into consideration what you liked and didn't like about it. This is a good way to compare your visit to other open days that you have been to.
- Ask for the thoughts of the person who you visited the open day with. Often an outsider's perspective can be unbiased and valuable.
- Contact any lecturers or course leaders who you didn't get to meet on the day.
- Read through prospectuses or any other reading material you picked up on the day. You could even go through a highlight information that's important to you.
- Look for more open days to go to in the future.
Read more about choosing a university.
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