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How to pick your firm university choice

So, you've got your offers and it's time to make your decision. Which university do you want to make your firm choice, and which to pick as your insurance choice?

Admissions – applications update
An application update from our Associate Director of Admissions and Applicant Engagement..

At this unusual time, we want you to know that our Admissions team are still processing applications and you can still make your firm and insurance choice through UCAS Track. We hope you choose Nottingham Trent University (NTU) but we’re mindful it’s a big decision and a big commitment. Make sure your firm choice is your preferred choice for the right reasons.

We’ve compiled a list of useful questions and answers on our website and the latest updates on how the NTU community is responding to Coronavirus – check it regularly for the latest updates.

Here’s how making your firm and insurance choice works…

Do your research

Before making your decision, give yourself time to do some thorough research into your university choices. With so many statistics and awards it can feel like every university is the best at something, so it’s important to consider what you value most – we recommend that you compare course details, find out more about the support for students, the career opportunities and the quality of teaching.

Speaking to students about their experience is a great way of finding out what university is really like – you can talk to our current students directly using our online chat system. They can give you the lowdown on campus life, accommodation, the social scene and can give you advice on fitting in.

The location of the university is a really important factor when making your decision. For example, is it easy to get to? What are the transport links like? Where are you going to live? How much does it cost? And, how quickly could you get home if needed?

Before you choose, talk this through with family and friends and remind yourself why you are making your choices.

From all of your offers you can only accept a maximum of two. Your firm choice and your insurance choice. Make sure the offers you are choosing are realistic for you.

Making your firm (first) choice

Your firm choice is your first choice, so it’s important that you’ve done all the necessary research to feel that the entry requirements that your preferred university is requesting are achievable, and that the University is a place where you can see yourself studying for at least three or four years.

Your insurance choice

Your insurance choice is your back-up option, so it’s worth choosing an offer or university with lower offer conditions than your firm choice.  This way, even if you are not successful with your firm choice, you might meet the conditions of your insurance offer. Make sure your insurance choice is somewhere you’ll be happy to go, just in case things don’t go completely to plan.

Respond to your offers

When you're sure about your choices, respond to your offers in UCAS Track before your decision deadline.

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