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Students vote Loughborough most popular choice on results day

Loughborough University has been voted the most popular choice for students on A Level results day.

It has been selected as a first choice more times than any other university by student users of’s Final 5 tool.

The tool helps students research, log and rank the five universities they plan to apply to.

Loughborough University has been the most popular option for the past year amongst the 7,111 students who used the tool to select their top 5 options.

Commenting on their position, Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “It is great to see that Loughborough remains the top university choice by students across the country.

“It comes on the back of an incredible year for Loughborough, being voted first in the Times Higher Student Experience Survey 2016, top ten rankings in the national league tables and of course our success in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

“Loughborough is a truly unique place with an incredible energy, and the results of the latest Whatuni Final 5 tool are further evidence of this.”

Marcella Collins, the Managing Director UK for the Hotcourses Group, which owns, added: “This year we’ve seen a record number of students use the Whatuni final 5 tool to shortlist their top universities. With so many factors influencing university choice, thorough research and peer reviews remain a crucial part of the decision making process, and with Loughborough University recently securing 2nd place in the overall category and 1st for Student Union and Clubs & Societies in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards it’s no surprise they feature as our top destination for students who are seeking the best university experience.”

The full table for first choice universities:

1) Loughborough University

2) University of Leeds

3) University of Manchester

4) University of Edinburgh

5) University of Nottingham

6) King’s College London, University of London / University of Surrey

7) University of Oxford

8) University of Exeter

9) University of Southampton

10) University of Cambridge

Data is correct as of 16/08/2016


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 16/115

About Whatuni is part of the Hotcourses Group, founded in 1996. It provides the world’s largest web-based course and university/college search for students looking to study in the UK. Hotcourses web products are used by over 68 million students worldwide each year. The company employs 300 people and has offices in London, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Boston and Chennai, India. For more information on the Final 5 tool and its results, contact

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in theGuardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.



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