The students who do no university research

Higher education
Many pupils wish they had done more homework when making their university choices says new research.

The best ways to learn about a particular university or course include attending open days and speaking to current undergraduates and lecturers about course content.

But a survey carried out by consumer group Which? has found that nearly a quarter of youngsters didn’t attend any open days at all before completing their UCAS applications.

Even though they face paying university tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year, more than half of the young people questioned said they hadn’t talked to students at the institutions they applied to and nearly half hadn’t talked with teaching staff.

The study also revealed that only a quarter of applicants aged 19 or under felt they had been given enough advice by their school or college to make an informed choice.

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