Some students know which universities they want to apply to months, or even years, before the time comes to fill in the UCAS application forms. For others, even though they know what they want to study, choosing a shortlist of universities to apply to is the hardest part of the process.
Every university tries hard to make itself look the best to prospective students whether that’s on their website, in the prospectus, or during their open day. It’s not hard to see why narrowing down a list of potential universities can be a challenge!
Students also get conflicting opinions from friends, family, or even from internet forums. Not everyone’s university experience will be the same and there will be plenty of people trying to tell you why you should, or shouldn’t, go to their university of choice.
The only real way to choose a university is to spend some time there for an open day or private tour to really get an idea of what university life is like on a daily basis. You could also spend time in the area surrounding the university to get a feel for the town or city it’s located in.
Another way to put together a final list of universities to apply to is by checking the rankings on the university league tables. This gives you the chance to compare universities on criteria such as graduate employability prospects, student satisfaction, and the universities overall score.
If you’re applying to study History in 2014 here are the top 10 universities in the UK: