Location: Penryn/Falmouth, Cornwall, England
Size: Just under 4000 Undergraduates
Percentage of women to men: 58:42
Popular Courses: Fashion, Photography, English with creative writing, Illustration, Music
Tuition: £9000 a year
Greek life: No
Acceptance rate: 285 UCAS points per student required, 7000 applicants each year and only 1333 students within each year.
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Falmouth University's website at http://www.falmouth.ac.uk.
Why Choose Falmouth University?
"Apart from being the top arts university in the UK (basically the world) the people that you spend your university life with become a second family which will be just as enthusiastic about their course as you are. Whilst also being able to chill out in the beautiful county that is Cornwall."
"The location drew me to Falmouth, I have always wanted to live by the sea."
"My course was the one thing that made me come here. I attended the open day and knew that I wanted to come here. The fact that my course doesnt do exams either really excited me as I struggle with exams."
"I travelled down from Oxford to visit the Open Day and havent turned back since. What other University has barbeque pits and areas just outside their accomodation. I happened to be visiting on my birthday and for the evening we went to Gylly Beach Cafe and whilst there I saw students singing and playing guitar on the beach, as the day came to a close I knew Falmouth was for me."
"I actually orginally didn't have Falmouth as my first choice. But ever since being here and experiencing the location, course and people, I am glad things worked out the way that they have."
"The media centre is a great resource for all students, and the grounds in general. The facilities from the cameras to books are vast and very available."
"We are super close to the beach, and I will never get over that fact. Every time I finish a lecture or tutorial and decide to end the day on Gylly or Swanpool I have to pinch myself and think how many other students have th eopportunity to do this?"
"The halls on campus are extremely modern and well equipped, after visiting lots of other Universities and seeing there shared communal bathrooms, and cupboard sized toilets I felt like my first year accomodation at Falmouth was like a mansion. Who wouldnt want that? A shared mansion with all these new and interesting friends!"
"Exeter Students and Falmouth Students to joke to have some competative rivalry, but in truth I feel this shared campus actually benefits both Falmouth and Exeter Students. It means a fine art student and a history student can meet and have lots of different conversations, or just in the case of making the campus a more diverse place. In my eyes all this enables the students to do is have more opportunity to work together creatively in more and more areas."
"Okay so your online shopping addition will only increase due to lack of high street shops, for example the nearest Zara is in Exeter.
"Your will power to not go to the beach will only decrease, and therefor your work will have to be brought to the beach, or you can just do that later."
"Oh the hills, It took me ages to get used to the hills, walks seem to take forever at first. But trust me when I say that they do get easier. Although you might want to leave Killigrew till last, and Jacobs Ladder should not be attempted whilst drunk going down that is - I imagine it would probably make going up the steps that much easier."
"If its not beautifully tropical sunshine weather, it seems the only other weather option for Falmouth is a raging storm, however once you get over the first one, its actually quite nice if all you friends gather and be eachothers thunder buddy and put movies on, well thats what are group of flats did anyway!"
New Collegiette on Campus
"I felt welcomed by friendly faces and was greatful to be shown round the beautiful location, which I soon found myself settled in and able to call my new home."
"Freshers events are really well put together, especially the pirate party and school disco. It was great to make new friends this way and to get ready with all my newly introduced flatmates."
"Me and my friends were greeted on my course by peer mentors from the year above. They show you how crazy youll get in your second year - and its true second year has sent me and my friends a little delerious, more than one library enduced breakdown has occurred."
"Freshers teaches new students not only how to drink too much tequila in one night and how to deal with it the morning after - walk to the stannary in time for the really cheap but still tasty and does the trick all the same. It also teaches you to have lots of fun but also that it is okay to be missing home, because you will not be the only one."
All About Academics
At Falmouth we have on average one teacher to every 24 students, we view this as a very good statistic at Falmouth.
"Did we mention we are the Top Arts University in Britain!"
"Also if you are are taking an Undergraduate Falmouth degree you dont have to take any exams (woohoo!)."
"A lot of the lecturers are still doing research in their specialised field, so you are sure that all that is being discussed is relevant."
"We tend to be given around 4 essays per term at around 2500 words each, on average."
"Its true what they say, you do become a different person by the end of first term, because of how differently you start to think."
Learn from the best
"Lots of independent study goes on, but guided and placed in the right direction from your tutor."
"I would encourage everyone to take full advantage of all the extra help avaialble, such as the office hours and ASK academic desk."
"We are all encouraged to think creatively and come up with new ideas that are outside the box, in many areas of study during you course."
"You end up finding your own pathway through university which leads you to a specialised field which you found the most interesting. While first year doesn’t count towards your final grade, it teaches you about working hard whilst also having fun and living a balanced lifestyle away from your comfort zone of home."
"Whilst the tutors and lectures are there mainly to educate you on your subject matter, they are also just great people to talk to, some of the best advice I have ever been given was by one of my lecturers, we went for coffee and talked. Get to know them!"
Interest & Involvement
"I have really found my inner ying yang here at Falmouth, using a mix mediation surfing, yoga and generally being one with the sea. It sounds cheesy, but I think its really important to find a balance between work and play at University."
"Flexsi is a great way to immerse yourself in outdoor activities and enjoying the scenery whilst also keeping fit!"
"Whilst concentrating on your degree is essential, there is lots of opportunities and experiences in and around the university that will bulk up your CV and set you apart from other graduates. We have the newly launched Falmouth Anchor, and lots of local business' are always willing to discuss internships with the students."
"Societies are always looking for new members, and most of them offer free trial sessions, to make sure that you like what you see."
"Well in my course (English With Creative Writing) there is a quarterly published magazine that houses some of the students work, which I think is a great idea, so no matter what, you can leave University saying that your writing has been published in print form."
"The bottle match is a huge event for our university which lots of sports clubs get involved in such as Netball, rugby, hockey and football. The match is between CSM (Camborne School of mines) and Royal College of mines in London. That always great fun and brings the whole Univeristy together."
"Whilst we have standard sports such as football and tennis, we also have sports teams such as shinty and quidditch!"
"Falmouth is a great place to take up running, the location couldnt be better, sea views on the horizon, and ice cream if you really must take a break!"
"I have gone to a couple of sailing lessons, and really enjoyed myself, I think I am going to take it up again this year. Its great fun and when compared to the normal cost of a person learning to sail it is very cheap."
"There are more girls than boys on campus, and I think this is one of the reasons that this campus does seem to have an heir of girl power, to be honest there isnt that as such, its more just youth and power, I like to think that Falmouth is one of the least discrimanatory University cultures around."
"We have an ever growing feminist society with over 300 members actively involved."
"Equality on campus is not an issue, and individuals are accepted and celebrated no matter what their race, gender, religion or sexuality is!"
"Sports teams always have a girls’ team alongside the male team, or it is multi gendered. And of course, both universities on campus are advocates of 'Her Campus'!"
"I think there isnt necessarily an issue on Campus with a lack of womens voice however I think more could be done to advocate females at the university."
Food & Drink
"Every day outside our normal cafeteria, we have a different food truck which can range from yummy Mexican food to tasty falafel pitta breads! Most of the trucks have bigger restaraunts in Falmouth Town, so if you like what you see, more often than not you can find them on your local high street."
"Our university is very vegan friendly and tries to cater for all food intolerances and choices."
"We also have the equivalent of a Starbucks and that tends to be pretty popular as well! And yes come Christmas it even has redcups."
"If first years are feeling a little fragile after a student run event, they can call in and pick up one of the delicious pizza’s made fresh at Koofi, any day of the week! My friends and I tend to do this when we are having a stressfully evening in the library."
"When in doubt on campus, a jacket potato, beans and cheese is always a safe and homely shout. You cant beat it."
"As our university has a very popular events management course, there are always fun events to attend which are put on by our very own students as well as having regular pound-a-pint nights on a Thursday!"
"When wondering down the high street, you are likely to hear an open mic night, acoustic set or drunken karaoke going on in one of the atmospheric bars or pubs. The live music scene in Falmouth is great whether it be busking students or visiting stars, there is always something going on."
"You are never far from a society run social or quiz with a funky theme such as toga or outside expeditions."
"A lot of students are very conscious of taking full advantage of the coast line, so do so by bbq’ing on the beach, jumping off of cliffs (obviously only at high tide with an experienced instructor) or simply taking in the view."
"The main 'club' is Club I, and yes it does have sticky carpets and does play a little too much cheesy pop, but you learn to love it. Falmouth students joke about getting the famous Club I stamp tatooed on them so that they can always enter, but for some people I wouldnt be surprised if one day it actually happened."
"I love to go to the Shed for cocktails with my girlfriends. Its situation on the Piaza and you can look out onto the Harbour, its great. Just what you need after a long day at University."
"Our halls are renowned to be some of the best in England with no communal bathrooms and a wide selection of types of room to pick from, depending on your personal preferences and price limitations. There are two different sections of on-site campus housing, Glasney View, and Glasney Parc, which together form Glasney Village. "
"It is not necessary that you live on Campus as first year, however the majority of people do."
"If you dont want to live in Campus Halls however you can look at lots of other accomadation around the Falmouth and Penryn. I spent my first year at Maritime Studios, and loved my time there, and still friends from all the other students that chose to live there too."
"Some of your flat mates which you get bundled with in first year become some of the best friends you will ever make! You may also perfect your varying accent impressions because of the diverse amount of students you learn to love."
"The bedrooms are so easy to personalise and make your own little homely space, whilst you can not attach any photo frames to the wall, each room has a big pin board in which to attach photos and posters, and before you know it you will be adding that extra pillow or set of fairy lights to your weekly food shop to make your room just that little bit cosier."
"Living with other people at first seemed really daunting to me, yet now, I dont think I know how to cook only for one person. My portion sizes feed atleast 4!"
"Whilst our campus is located in Penryn, students are actively encouraged to explore not only Falmouth but the whole of Cornwall and get to know local life. You can do this via one of the many public transport links, boat, train or bus."
"Falmouth may not have the chains or comforts of your local city high street, it does have a gigantic range of independent and diverse fashion shops, art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars! You may never get round all of them in just three years! And if you really need a break from library life, there are multiple beaches in all directions, only a bus ride away. "
"There is always something new and exciting to explore around this area, i never know what I might find. As Dawn French recently said, ‘you may leave Falmouth, but Falmouth will never leave you’.
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