If you’re thinking of coming to LSE for your undergraduate studies in September 2017, here are some steps you should start thinking about now.

Attend a UCAS exhibition

If you’re still considering your options, attending a UCAS higher education exhibition is a great way of meeting representatives from different institutions and narrowing down your options. From the beginning of March up until October UCAS holds conventions throughout the UK.

Not all institutions will attend all of the fairs, so if there are particular institutions you want to speak to, make sure they will be attending that particular event. You can view this from the UCAS website and on that institution’s website. See the events LSE will be attending.

You do need to register for the event, so make sure you do this early on as.

Seminars: as part of the UCAS convention, seminars will also be held – normally on topics such as student finance and funding, the UCAS application process, and on choosing the right institution for you. It’s definitely worthwhile attending one of these seminars to get a handle on this key information straight from the experts themselves. Check the UCAS website closer to the time of the event to see the times and topics of the seminars. Booking early for these or arriving early if booking isn’t required is important, as these are often very popular.

Visiting university stands: UCAS fairs aren’t just an opportunity to collect prospectuses from all the universities attending the event – speaking to representatives from different institutions all in one spot is a major benefit of attending a UCAS convention. It’s recommended that before you attend, you do your research about which universities you’re interested in, making sure that they offer your preferred programme and that you’re on track to meet their entry requirements. This will help save you time at the event and ensure you get the chance to speak to the relevant people. Visit the stands that are relevant to you; don’t just follow your friends or the freebies! The UCAS prep site also has some handy tips.

If you’re particularly interested in an institution, make sure you give them your contact details. This way they can keep you up to date with key information like open days, new programmes, funding opportunities, and deadlines.

Narrowed down your choices? Next step – attend an Open Day

Open days are a fantastic way of getting to know more about institutions you’re keen on. Speaking to academic staff in your chosen subject area should really help you to learn more about the programme you’re interested in, while visiting the campus in person will help you understand more about the location and size of the place, and get a feel for student life.

The format of the day will vary by institution, but normally include talks about the institution, and the opportunity to hear from or speak to academic staff as well as current students and admissions staff.

LSE has two open days coming up: on the 6th of April and on the 7th of July. At LSE’s open day, you have the opportunity to:

  • listen to subject talks from academic staff
  • meet current LSE students
  • visit some of our student accommodation
  • ask your questions directly to staff from departments such as Financial Support and Undergraduate Admissions

If you can’t make it to our campus then you can also join us for our virtual open day.