Top 20 universities for students’ first impressions

Survey reveals the universities that are best at making new students feel right at home

September 4, 2014

According to a report out this week, universities that fail to quickly make a good impression on new students suffer higher dropout rates than those that do.

Research consultancy YouthSight surveyed more than 10,300 students, and asked them to rate their university in terms of their initial experiences of the institution.

The 20 universities for “excellent early student experience” (in reverse order) are:

20University of Surrey
19Aberystwyth University
18University of Exeter
17Edge Hill University
16University of Birmingham
15Imperial College London
14University of East Anglia
13University of Sheffield
12Heriot-Watt University
11University of Nottingham
10Bangor University
9Loughborough University
8Falmouth University
7Norwich University of the Arts
6University of Bath
5University of Durham
4Harper Adams University
3University of St Andrews
2University of Oxford
1University of Cambridge

 

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