Reassess university fit
As we’ve covered in previous blog posts, applying to university involves a bit of strategy. This means that some students will have based their applications on factors like chance of acceptance and predicted grades, as well as their personal ambition to study at a certain university.
But wanting something and getting it are two different things. So when a student is actually holding an acceptance letter in their hands, they’ll be reassessing their options with new information at their disposal. There are a couple of possible outcomes you should be ready for.
A student may have received acceptances from all of their chosen universities
This is fantastic, but now they need to revisit that shortlist and consider some of the other factors that may affect their decision. These could include: financial aid/bursaries/scholarships, cost of living, course content/structure, location and campus fit.
A student may have missed out on their first choice (and possibly their second choice).
This means that some reflection is required. Do they still want to attend one of the other universities on their shortlist? Again, factors like financial aid, location and course/subject content may come into play. It’s possible that affordability or university country were governing factors in a student’s decision making. If their most affordable or practical option is off the table, they’ll need help and advice over what to do next.
Get to know the campus
We always advise students to attend open days and campus visits before they apply to a university. But it’s not too late to do so, especially if students are fortunate to have received multiple acceptances.
Start looking for accommodation
Whether your students are going to be living in a dorm, a shared house or a hall of residence, the weeks after receiving an acceptance are a good time to start looking at possible accommodation. Again, factors like affordability, location and the kind of social life your students can expect on campus are all important things to consider.
Review student finance options
Student finance will vary wildly depending on which university system your students are applying to, and we won’t go into them all here. But suffice to say that some countries will still be accepting financial aid and scholarship applications from students, so now is the time for your students to get started.
Student visa applications
For students looking to study internationally, an offer of acceptance should be their cue to start applying for a student visa. This is an essential piece of paperwork, so your successful applicants need to be on top of all relevant dates and deadlines in order to be able to start their undergraduate course on time!