Open days are inevitably an important part in ensuring you choose the right university for you. They definitely helped me make an informed decision and so here are my top tips to really make the most of them:
Arrive in plenty of time: Open days are often crammed with lots to do, from campus and accommodation tours, to subject tasters and drop in sessions. Therefore, I’d highly recommend ensuring that you are there for most, if not the whole day, to make sure that you get an authentic understanding of the university and what it can offer.
Ask questions: This is the perfect time to speak first hand to lecturers and students studying your course about their experiences – both the positives and negatives. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask about what you are specifically looking for, whether that be course specifics or student life. Every question is relevant as it could be the one that determines your preferences!
Plan ahead: As mentioned, open days are busy days with lots for you to consider. You will usually receive a programme outline prior to the day which gives you a great chance to plan your day ahead so that you can attend everything you wish to see, allowing you to make a well-informed decision when choosing your top universities.
Engage with as much as possible: It is so, so important to come with an open mind and engage with the programme as an individual university rather than comparing it with others in order to ensure that you have a productive and helpful day! Regardless of whether you are visiting more prospectively or if it’s already a top choice, I would definitely ensure you treat it as any other; you never know which university may take you by surprise and become your favourite!
Explore the city itself: If you are moving away for university, it is important to also make some time to get a feel for the city as this is where you will be living for a while. You may prefer a city based or campus university, and so while you’re visiting for an open day, it is also a great chance to explore!
I hope these helped in some way; let me know if you have any questions! 😊