50 questions to ask at university open days

Thursday 21 June 2018 by Jessica Mendoza An open day is your best opportunity to uncover what you really want to know about your chosen course and the university itself.

Apart from asking former students, it’s the only way you'll really get a feel for what studying, living and socialising is going to be like for the next three or four years of your life – maybe longer. We’ve listed the top 50 questions you should be asking on open days:

  1. How will the course be assessed?
  2. How many students will be on the course?
  3. What careers have recent graduates gone on to?
  4. Is there opportunity to take a placement? If so, will the university organise this?
  5. What does a placement/year abroad mean and what does it do?
  6. What sort of student support provision is in place?
  7. Do the staff seem knowledgeable and accessible?
  8. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living on or off campus?
  9. What sports and societies are available at university?
  10. How employable is my degree?
  11. What job opportunities are there at university?
  12. Do you have interviews for a course?
  13. What grades do you need – and can you still get a place if you don't quite get the grades?
  14. Which qualifications and combinations of qualifications do they accept/prefer?
  15. If they use the UCAS tariff, will they count all your qualifications?
  16. Is it worth applying for more than one course?
  17. What do they look for in your application and personal statement?
  18. How do they feel about gap years and deferred entry applications?
  19. Is it an advantage to get your application in early?
  20. What the course will be like when you’re there - suggestions from a careers adviser
  21. What does the course cover?
  22. How many hours a week will I be in timetabled teaching?
  23. How much flexibility is there?
  24. What assessment methods are used?
  25. Are placements or study abroad on offer, where are they, how are they organised, are they paid, how do they affect tuition fees?
  26. What are the pros and cons of taking a joint or combined course?
  27. How will the course make you more employable? Do they offer or arrange placements?
  28. What have previous students gone on to do after graduating?
  29. What proportion go on to postgraduate study? Do you need to a postgraduate course to get a job?
  30. Is a place in halls guaranteed?
  31. What accommodation is available off-campus?
  32. How big are the rooms – are some bigger than others? How quiet are they? How secure is it?
  33. Do most students stay on campus at weekends?
  34. What happens in years two and three?
  35. How far will you have to travel to get into university and around town?
  36. Can you bring a car?
  37. What's on offer here that will provide opportunities for you to develop your employability skills? Are there any connections with local employers?
  38. Are there any jobs on campus available for students?
  39. Are there any volunteering opportunities?
  40. What academic support is available?
  41. What sports and societies are available?
  42. What are the transport links like? Are most things available on campus?
  43. How do the costs actually break down? How much money will you need to survive?
  44. To what extent will you need/be able to find part-time work?
  45. What bursaries, scholarships or fee waivers are there and how do you apply?
  46. How do placements or a year abroad or a year in the industry affect your costs or tuition fees?
  47. What are your student fees and finance options?
  48. If we are stuck with an assignment, who can we go to for help?
  49. Lots of universities offer the subject, so why should we choose you?
  50. Do you help find the placements and are they paid?
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