Things to think about when attending a university Open Day
Plan your day
Open Days have all sorts going on - from campus tours, accommodation tours, mock lectures and Q&A sessions, I found that I struggled to find time to do and see everything that they offer.
MY TOP TIP: Look at the things on offer ahead of time, this can usually be found on the university’s website. Choose what you will prioritise and what information is going to be important to you when making your decision on which uni to apply to.
Chat to student ambassadors
It's so important to ask questions, to both student ambassadors and tutors and staff.
Speak to tutors
On the topic of speaking to tutors, another thing to be aware of is how the tutors interact with you and with other students. Does it seem like they want you to come to their university? Do they seem to respect you? I’d definitely recommend going up and speaking to at least one tutor – even if there’s nothing you particularly want to ask them, make something up (a good one is asking about the content of a particular module) as an excuse to have a conversation with them. At one Open Day (for a different university) that I attended, I really liked the look of everything – the facilities were great, the employability rates were high, the course covered everything I wanted it to. However, I had a conversation with some tutors, and instantly changed my mind. They didn’t seem that interested in answering my questions and I didn’t feel like they particularly cared whether or not I liked the course. So, speaking to tutors is a good one to remember to do if you can.
Tours around the campus and facilities
Explore the city
Trust your instincts