Most of the students do not research university before applying. Despite imposition of annual tuition fees it emerged that large numbers of prospective undergraduates failed to carry out proper research before choosing a university. Most of the students are still making random applications to university without a proper grasp of degree course requirements, research suggests.
A study by consumer group found that quarter of students did not attend any university/college campus in open days before filling up applications forms also half failed to consult lecturers about their course. Disclosure is just a day before recommended that deadline for universities to offer places for forthcoming academic year prompted fresh concerns that students may be opting for inappropriate courses, despite a near tripling of fee levels. It comes days after publication of figures showing that thousands of students dropped out of university, often after choosing courses that failed to meet their needs.
Official information publicized that approximately one in 15 undergraduate 6.7 percent failed to complete first year of their degree, with numbers growing to more than one in 10 at 18 institutions.
Richard Lloyd is an executive director said: "Going to university is a hugely significant financial decision so it is worrying that so many young students say they didn't do enough research before applying or that advice they received wasn't up to scratch. ‘Vast majority of prospective students are going through this process for first time making it vital that they have proper guidance also much information as possible to help them make right choice.'
It is emerged that many students failed to attend university in open days before completing their application form through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UACS). Almost half of student ratio failed to ‘talk to staff' before choosing a course.
Critics have claimed that students from independent schools claim a disproportionately large number of places at top universities after being given best advice from teachers on how to apply. This comprises grounding in writing personal statements also interview techniques. But today's study found that just a quarter of applicants aged 19 or under ‘felt certain they had enough advice from school or college to make an informed choice.' Some around 24 percent said they wished they had chosen different A-levels for degree they were applying for also suggesting they had been given poor advice when picking options.
Conclusions will add to concerns that many students fail to get a place on their chosen course therefore leading to high dropout rates especially at some modern universities. It doubted that school leaders had enough access to ‘information and advice when deciding which university and course to apply for.' Group wants better information to be made available in league tables, including lecturers' academic experience and students' future employment prospects.
Points to keep in mind before taking admissions in any Universities/College:
1) Understand that there is a college for every student who wants to go:
USA has around 4,000 degree granting institutions. Almost all of them accept majority of applicants, only a small number of elite schools accept less than half people who apply. Most of the colleges accept almost everyone who applies. Therefore, you are definitely getting into college if you want to go.
2) Throughout your junior year- move to finish any requirements needed to apply to certain colleges:
Various colleges will desire you to complete calculus and statistics before you apply; others will stress a broad range of humanities classes. Be sure that you have an idea of colleges you might want to apply to, and start meeting their class requirements, if necessary.
3) Take SAT or ACT test because about 85% of colleges require one or other for first-year students:
Almost all schools will take either one, but a few schools will only accept one or other, so check school website to see if they are picky or not.
4) Use College and scholarship search sites to your advantage:
Visit colleges which have features that interest you, such as ideal major, class size, location, and like. Visit their websites as many of them have application information. It is also attraction checking-out books about scholarships at your public and school libraries.
Most of the companies these days will compile lists of colleges that you can browse through or buy. They break down how hard it is to get into, what kind of SAT/ACT score you require, what kind of campus life you need also academics are like, and what kind of job prospects alumni have upon graduation.
5) Visit the college's campus:
Each school is different - Go there and look. If you have a friend or another kid from your high school that goes there get them to show you around. Talk to students in assorted grade levels and ask them for their perspective of school.
Sometimes college will offer a visiting student a fee waiver. It can save your money also visit beforehand can help you decide whether or not you even want to bother applying.
6) Decide whether you want to apply with early admission:
Early admission is a way of telling a college that you really want to go there. Pretty much, if they accept you, you are bound to go.