How to make the most of an Open Day

Open Days are a vital part of any university application: they are your first, and often only impression of a university before you arrive in September. The events are all about discovering how the university would work you, both in terms of your academic career and social interests.

An Open Day can be hectic, so getting organised is the key to ensuring you get the most out of your visit. Our comprehensive checklist is your guide to a successful first visit to any university.

Ahead of the day:

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark  Book your place, remembering to register your guests!

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark    Roughly schedule your day: if you can, book departmental presentations or student life talks in advance.

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark    Map your journey route ahead of the visit.

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark   Sketch out a few questions you’d like to ask about your course or the university.


On the day:

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark   Attend at least one or two subject talks, sample lectures, taster sessions or department visits.

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark    Visit a student finance presentation.

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark    Make time to understand how the application process works.

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark   Take a tour of the campus, student accommodation and extra-curricular facilities.

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark   Save some time for yourself, to do your own exploring of the campus and local area.

020155-pink-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-mark   Take away a prospectus, course information and a guide of the day.


Top questions to ask:

  • How will I be assessed?
  • What will my timetable look like?
  • What size will seminars and lectures be?
  • How many hours will I get with a personal tutor?
  • What links are there with employers?
  • What societies and sports teams are there to be involved with?
  • What does a student weekly budget look like here?


Print your own copy of our Open Day checklist and follow our simple steps for a worthwhile and informative visit to BPP University Open Day on 19 of September.









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