When it comes to choosing which universities to apply to it can be hard to know where to start. After all, if you’re doing a popular course like Chemistry you’ll find that nearly every university in the country offers it as an option.
This is great as it means the world’s your oyster but it also makes it confusing to know which course is going to suit you and which university is going to give you the best education and prospects after graduating.
Talking to past and present students on internet forums is one way of getting a better idea of what you can expect from a university. Once you’ve narrowed down a few choices then the best thing to do is to attend the open days put on by your shortlisted universities.
This will give you even more chance to talk to students and you’ll be introduced to your future lecturers and other important members of staff. It’s also a good idea to spend some time in the local area to make sure it offers everything you want. Three or four years are a long time to spend in a place that doesn’t have any of the shops or facilities you want!
Another way to get a better idea of what a university is like it to check the rankings in the university league tables. If you’re applying to study Chemistry in 2014 here are the top 10 universities: