Choosing a university can seem like an overwhelming task. Find out how to make it more manageable.
You can get started by thinking about a few key areas that you won't compromise on, such as:
- The subject you want to study
- Where in the country you want to study
- The entry requirements
You can simplify this process using tools like the Push Uni Chooser, so that you don't have to check each university individually.
The size of the list you're left with will depend your course choice and your priorities: for example, there are only 18 dental schools in the UK, so dentists can expect a shorter list than those studying more common subjects like maths or English.
Once you have a more manageable shortlist, you can start to look into those universities in more detail.
The more research you do, the more confident you can be about your decision. Try to use a variety of sources to make sure you're getting a balanced view of the universities you are interested in. Sources you can consult include:
Find out more about how to use league tables.
Keep in mind that most students will only have experience of their own university, which will affect what they can tell you.
Remember that you don't have to make all your choices at once: if you're sure of one or two universities that you want to apply to, you can put in your application for those and then make your other choices later.