When should you apply for university

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Published:
August 6, 2023
Last updated:
April 23, 2024
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The university application deadline for the bulk of courses for fall 2023 entrance is January 25, 2023, at 18:00.

There are, however, several exceptions to this.

Generally, applications must be submitted by January 15, at 18:00, to be admitted for the following year, for any course at any university. Though it varies differently between most universities . For Oxford and Cambridge, this is more emphasized, as well as for programmes in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry.

Until later in the year, closer to the start of the course in September, many institutions and colleges will still accept applications from overseas students. However, it's crucial to move quickly! If you are admitted to the university of your choice, you will need time to plan your housing and visa.

The professors at your school or institution may have their own internal deadlines if you're applying through them. This gives them ample time to read your application, confirm your credentials, write a reference, and then submit it to us.

When should I start my university application?

While overseas students may postpone their applications until later in the year, the majority of UK candidates will work on them throughout November and December.

There is no specific deadline by which you must begin working on your application. as each person's experience will be different.

But please make an effort to allow yourself as much time as you can to tour colleges, investigate various programmes, and prepare your personal statement.

Making the proper decision about attending university is a major decision, so it's crucial that you allow yourself the time and space you need.

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Is it better to apply to university early?

When submitting your application, it won't affect your chances as long as it's before the deadline.

This implies that a submission made in September 2022 will not be given preference over one made on January 25, 2023. Prior to the January - or October, as appropriate - deadline, all submissions are given equal consideration.

Don't be upset if you miss the January deadline. You still have until June 30 to apply, but your request won't be treated equally.

Read our article about applying to university late to learn more about the repercussions of doing so, including what equal consideration means.

How long does it take to hear back from universities after you've submitted your application?

The deadline for institutions to decide on applications received by 25 January is 18 May. The deadline is 12 July if you submit your application by 30 June.

Universities may reply to applicants after a few days or even months have passed since they received their application. The amount of time often depends on when you applied and how offers are made by your preferred university degree.

Don't be concerned if your friends hear back before you do; it's typical for candidates to hear back at various times.

This is quite typical and not reason for alarm.

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Conclusion: Key dates in the university application timeline

UCAS has authorised the following dates for 2023 entrance. To avoid missing a beat on your way to campus, make a note of these important dates on your phone or calendar.

Applications for the majority of courses will be received by UCAS on January 25, 2023.

University judgments on applications filed by 25 January 2023 are expected on 18 May 2023.

All applications submitted after June 30, 2023, shall go through clearing.

Clearing begins on July 5, 2023, and university judgments on applications filed by June 30, 2022 are due on July 12.

UCAS has authorised the following dates for 2023 entrance. To avoid missing a beat on your way to campus, make a note of these important dates on your phone or calendar.

Applications for the majority of courses will be received by UCAS on January 25, 2023.

University judgments on applications filed by 25 January 2023 are expected on 18 May 2023.

All applications submitted after June 30, 2023, shall go through clearing.

Clearing begins on July 5, 2023, and university judgments on applications filed by June 30, 2022 are due on July 12.

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