Students Who Rejected the University of Exeter: Where Did They End Up?


The University of Exeter is a very popular institution which attracts thousands of high-calibre candidates, year upon year. However, for many students, they choose to turn down Exeter, and head elsewhere. With the UCAS system working in a way that means students set a ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ choice after receiving offers, it means some Universities inevitably receive rejections. So for the University of Exeter – where do those rejecting it end up? In this article, we take a look.


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The information and statistics used within article comes courtesy of a Freedom of Information request. Moreover, the statistic refer to Undergraduate offer holders in the 2017-18 academic year. All students who received an offer were eligible to attend the University of Exeter. Any student who opted not to ‘firm’ up Exeter as their first choice are considered to have rejected the University of Exeter for the purposes of this article.




The most popular choices to reject Exeter in favour for included the University of Birmingham, Durham University and the University of Leeds. These three institutions are all of a similar standard to Exeter, and is therefore unsurprising. Exeter is located in the South of England, while others may well be in a more desirable location. Also, Exeter is commonly an insurance choice for those selecting Durham as their firm choice.


Unsurprisingly, Exeter was rejected by some who selected either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. These two Universities frequent the top two places in many academic league tables. It is also a positive however, that Exeter are seen as a good insurance choice for those applying to Oxbridge Universities.


The University of Leeds was a particularly popular choice


In terms of the Exeter University Medical School, there were some differing results. Newcastle University was a popular alternative, as was once again the University of Birmingham. An unexpected institution on the list was Queen Mary University London. Understandably given its southern-England location, Plymouth University was another popular alternative to Exeter.




So, some interesting information in this article! Choosing a University is a difficult decision to make. Hopefully, for those who did opt to attend the University of Exeter, they are happy with their decision!





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