chapter  9
University Visit Days
WithHELEN RICHARDSON
Pages 17

This chapter describes the practice in areas of The University of Manchester that invite applicants to a visit day, which incorporates an individual interview before an offer of a place is made. The practice aims to bring applicants to the University campus to provide a realistic idea of what the University and programme have to offer and institutional expectations of students. University recruitment processes normally seek to achieve a balance between maintaining high academic standards and attracting sufficient numbers to meet admissions targets. The main features of the university visit days, in providing quality pre-entry 'decision facilitating' information, are: a presentation about the Faculty; a guided tour by student helpers of the facilities provided; and a formal interview with academic staff before an offer is made. Additionally, combining an applicant's visit to the University and Faculty with meeting a member of staff on a one-to-one-basis helps applicants to feel valued as an individual.