A survey run by New College of the Humanities (NCH) points to 12 November as the day when students are most likely to quit their courses.
Students are asking questions of the standard of education they receive at their universities. Amongst reasons named for leaving a course in the survey, completed by 500 students in the UK, was poor value for money and lack of contact time.
Figures from the Higher Education Standards Association indicate that more than 26,000 students (6.7 per cent) dropped out of university in the 2011/12 academic year – the last year to be measured. Around 73,500 were predicted to fail to complete the course they started after either dropping out, transferring to another university or graduating with an alternative qualification.
The NCH survey also found that 40 per cent of those asked regret their choice of university.