School:The University of Exeter
Location: Exeter, Devon, UK
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): £9,000 per year
Most Popular Majors: English; History; Psychology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 17%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University of Exeter's website at www.exeter.ac.uk/admissions.
Why Choose Exeter?
"Exeter was voted the Best University of the Year 2012… Need we say more?"
It is consistently in the top ten rankings in all major publciations!“We deliver an inspiring first class education together with the skills required for a successful career...”"Exeter University is a member of the Russell Group and was voted The Times University of the Year in 2012, so if you’re looking for a university with a strong academic record then Exeter is for you!"
"You’re not going to find a campus as beautiful as Exeter; and it’s also in a great location. Not only is it just half an hour from the beach, but it’s still really easy to get to London for a weekend."
"No university is complete without having a great set of people; I adore all my friends here and even after just a few weeks it felt like a home away from home."
"Exeter has the perfect combination of academics and fun. There are so many things going on that it would be impossible to be bored!"
"I think the best bits about Exeter are the strong reputation, the beautiful campus, and the people!"
"There are so many friendly and like-minded people at Exeter - I love it."
"There’s something for everyone at Exeter; the Guild boasts over 200 societies so there is bound to be something cater to whatever you want to do, and you’re bound to make friends in these societies. A major advantage of our beautiful campus is that it isn’t big, in fact, there’s really no need for a car or a bike as virtually everyone lives within a twenty minute walk to campus."
"You can save money on a night out by walking and not taking a taxi!”
"The university is small enough that you’ll inevitably bump into friends when you’re on campus, in town or on a night out, which is so much fun. Even if you go out with just a couple of friends you’re probably going to see a lot of your other friends out, which always makes for a better night. "
"Make sure you don’t miss out on some of Exeter’s great sports varsities – especially rugby and football. These are great nights where everyone goes to watch the game and then goes out afterwards: a real must for your Exeter bucket list."
"I don't think I've ever seen so many people in Gym kit! There is constantly something going on that you just want to be a part of!"
“The hills! Unfortunately, if you have an extreme aversion to hill walking, Exeter is not the place for you. In fact, there are few routes of campus in which you miss having to climb what feels like a miniature mountain!"
"Remove any images of arriving on campus looking like a goddess; what usually occurs is the exact opposite, with you scrapping the layers in order to avoid any sweat!"
"On a more positive note, these hills do justify free exercise and hence you never go a day when you feel as though you have not got your fundamental 20 minutes in. By the end of term you will leave a lean, mean machine."
"The weather. There is SO much rain in Exeter. As the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours” and that is certainly the case here!"
"You will never see more beautiful sunshine and at least this gives you an excuse to buy a fun brolly and matching mackintosh! And who doesn't love a good rainbow!"
New Collegiette on Campus
"I never realised how many societies there would be available to join...The whole of Freshers Week was jam packed with taster activities for everything from Judo to Waterpolo to Tennis... You could try everything and then sign up to whatever you wanted to get involved in at the Freshers Squash at the end of the week."
"As first year doesn't count, you can't help but be tempted to go out a little more than you otherwise would in second or third year! Our student loan is there for a reason right?!"
"Living in Halls in just so much fun - it's like one big sleepover every night, and there is always someone to talk to. If you never went to boarding school, Halls is a very similar experience, just with no rules! It's especially great if you're in a Halls which is catered as you have breakfast and dinner with everyone in your Halls everyday, like one huge dinner party."
"One of the best things about being in first year is all the new people you meet. I never believed people when they told me before I came to Exeter University that the people I would meet here would be my friends for life, but now I know that is true."
"Without a doubt the best thing about being a first year here at Exeter is the Summer Dinners in your Halls. I was in Exeter Halls and the Summer Ball was the best evening ever - everyone got dressed up and we had danced and drank all evening at Exeter Castle.. and ate far too much Hog Roast and candy floss."
All About Academics
"We are currently top 10 in University league tables and The Sunday Times awarded us the University of the Year in 2012, and since then we just keep on thriving!"
"This is a university that really does follow the notion work hard, play hard, meaning you are able to enjoy yourself whilst still receiving a high standard of teaching."
"What is really amazing about Exeter is the amount of support that you receive. Lecturers are really passionate and keen to help you. When you receive feedback, you don’t just receive a mark, there are detailed annotations and advice to help you improve and the opportunity to meet with your tutor to discuss the feedback you received."
"There are lots of writing centres here that you can use in order to get a second opinion on any piece of writing you do."
"Whilst the library might be the last place you want to veer to, Exeter’s is incredible. I do law and the Law Library is so good it's usually inhabited by students who don't even study law, but you can always guarantee some peace and quiet amongst your feller hard-workers in there…”
"Whatever subject that you study at Exeter, you are guaranteed a high standard of teaching. All the lecturers are experts in their fields and each is keen to impart their wisdom"
"Currently ten degree programmes require at least one A* for entry!"
Learn From The Best
"Fae Garland is a fantastic criminal law lecturer. She is really clear and always keen to slow things down if you think that she is going too quickly." (Law)
"I absolutely love Matt Hayler. He is not afraid to be innovative in his lectures and his passion and enthusiasm is infectious." (English)
"Frederic Rolland will make the effort to know you personally and always makes time for whatever issues you have, be it with your French language or any ethics to do with law." (French)
"Nick Terry is truly passionate about his subject. Having been involved in Nazi trials himself he is truly engaged with the topic!" (History)
"Steve Brooks manages to make any mathematical problem make sense to me. He always makes time to answer questions after lectures." (Maths)
"Each subject has lecturers who are the top of their field and you cannot help but be fascinated by them"
Interests & Involvement
"There are hundreds of societies at Exeter and certainly something for everyone from The Hide and Seek Society to Harry Potter and these are always a great way to get stuck into university life."
"I joined Dance Society when I came to Exeter and have never looked back. I now teach weekly classes and it is so fun to share my hobby with others."
"It is so lovely to be able to train in the idyllic Dartmoor with the rest of the sailing team...just wow!"
“Even if you are not very sporty, sports societies are a great way to meet people and have fun socials. Ski club also do great socials and I can't wait for the ski trip at Easter- it will definitely be the highlight of my year.”
"Me and my friends from halls created a mixed netball intramural team; we play each Sunday and it is a great way to round off the week and have some energetic fun with friends."
“Join Her Campus- if you are keen to make friends, love writing, or want to go into marketing or events after University, it's the perfect society to join. And very good for your CV too… We are a Pink Chapter here at Exeter after all, and proud of it!”
"Societies are the best way to meet people with similar interests to you and provide a welcome break from academic life!"
"The athletic culture on campus here at Exeter is thriving. I don't have any friends that don't do a sport!"
"Half of the people you see on campus are in sports gear, and everyone is so fit and healthy. It's such a good University to be part of as there is such a focus on team sports and involvement."
"It can sometimes be quite daunting if you are not part of a sports team, especially on Wednesday nights at TimePiece as that is the evening when all of the sports teams have their socials after an afternoon of games and let's just say you are advised to steer clear of the Rugby and Football teams on those evenings!"
"I was part of the Boat Club in my first and second year and it was fantastic to be part of such a collegiette and friendly club. Rowing keeps you so fit, and I've really enjoyed learning a new sport and being coached by fellow students who have competed at Henley."
"I love that there are such mixed abilities and you don't have to be the best to be part of a team! I joined Uni League netball which is less competetive than BUCS but allows us to play and enjoy being a team without all the pressure!"
"Exeter is lucky enough to have societies which are female based and so you can be guaranteed a little space away from the male species, as much as we love them!"
"Her Campus is an obvious example, despite our mysterious anonymous HCX Guy blogger we have here in Exeter! All our members are girls and the meetings are always so much like a fun cocktail evening, but with the bonus of discussing articles and marketing plans!"
"Exeter also boasts a fantastic exercise society called Body Soc which is run by girls and has an endless variety of exercise classes on daily. Again, this is a chance to work out and shed a little sweat in the comfort of an atmosphere where you know guys won't be glaring at you looking not your best!"
"As well as Her Campus and Body Soc, any sport you think of joining at Exeter, there will be a female team! From rugby, to tennis, to lacrosse, there'll be something for you which will provide some girly fun amongst like minded individuals. "
Food & Drink
"Considering the slightly smaller size of our Campus compared to other UK Unis, the offer of food is so good.'"
"We at Her Campus are thrilled to be able to publicize the wide range of food options in our articles, mainly as it means we get to sample them all!!"
"Head to the RAM (student 'pub' on Campus) for its mega sandwiches, chunky chips and dangerously low prices."
"The new 'Pieminster' provides pie and chips which is perfect as it starts to get a bit colder and you need a break from the Library!,"
"In Devonshire House there is the fully rejuvinated Kitchen Deli which has the best wraps on campus and absolute bargain coffees as well a probably the most amazing smoothies you will ever taste"
"There is endless supply of coffee, with the campus Costa being the most profitable in the UK! We can see why, there is nothing better than a warming coffee to get you through a long day in the Library"
"Despite the few clubs we have here in Exeter,(we are no Leeds or Manchester…) it is such good fun going out here."
"The handful of clubs will guarantee anyone who chooses to come to Exeter a great night out, as well as making sure you're asleep by 4am."
"The norm is to get to a club some time between 10-11pm and the lights will be on inside the club and people will start filtering out at around 2am- early I know but it is amazing how much goes on in such a short space of time."
"The best point about the social scene in Exeter is that because of how small the city is, you are guaranteed to bump into at least a handful of people you know in the place on the same night . If you ever lose your team of ravers, you will always find someone you know!"
"It is very relaxing going out in Exeter as everyone is so chilled as we walk literally everywhere you will have to say a sad farewell to your heels but once you do so you will never look back!"
"The nicest thing is the safety you feel in Exeter even at night. There will always be someone willing to walk you home and you will always find a few friends out and about!"
"Living in Halls is such good fun and it has been said by several Her Campus Exeter girls that Exeter Halls (group of 5 pretty old buildings making a set of Halls of Residence) is the best place to stay in your first year of study at Exeter."
"At Exeter Halls there is a tennis court and a lovely large green to share, and it's very similar to a friendly, intimate boarding school, with a dining hall in 'Lopes', one of the largest and oldest of the 5 halls, and a cosy, traditional library."
"Halls are so sociable and a great way to meet new people, there is something to suit all budgets."
"Some halls have shared rooms and the pairings often lead to life long friendships!"
"Hall life is a great way to ease your way into University, it provides a safe environment before most people move into houses for their second and third years!"
“What is fantastic about the city is that one minute you are in the centre of town and 5 minutes later you can find yourself on the idyllic Exmouth beach. There is nothing better than a day trip there after exams.”
“There are so many hidden gems in the city centre such as The Bike Shed Theatre and Exeter Pheonix where you can watch some great gigs and see shows. Mama Stones is also cool for a chilled evening.”
"There is so much more to do than just clubbing in Exeter, I love exploring all the kooky areas and different things that are going on!"
“If, like me, you love cream teas, Exeter is the place to be. We have so many cute cafes that you can spend hours in with your girlfriends over a hot chocolate.”
"Every bonfire night there are Flaming Tar Barrels in Ottery St. Mary- this is not to be missed!"
“Dartmoor is not too far away and is a good place to go for an adventure. The animals are able to roam free and you feel as though you have been taken back into Narnia.”
“If you like art, you don’t have to travel too far as Exeter has its very own critically acclaimed museum- the RAMM is a fun place to go for a cultural afternoon.”
HC's Complete College Guide: Exeter University
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