University Applications: Key Dates


This guide presents the key dates in your applications for University. It covers key areas such as UCAS registration and early deadlines. It can be difficult to keep track of everything you need to do, but hopefully these dates can help you plan your application process effectively!


Decisions, decisions…


Please note these dates are broad, and you should always consult your University’s website for more. Also remember your school/college will often have their own timetable that they recommend you follow. We begin in the academic year PRIOR to your arrival.


Mid June – UCAS Registration
UCAS, the facilitator of your applications to University opens for registration. Here you will be eligible to register. Please note the required information from UCAS does take time to complete. You could easily register in September, when the school year starts. You will need to create a Personal Statement – UniEel has produced a guide here.


June-September – Research
A key part – ensure you do a lot of research. Visit Open Day’s, read prospectuses and consult the countless articles on advice. Make sure to visit a lot of Universities. Take a look at our guide on how to choose the right University here.


Mid October – Early Deadline Students
Those applying to Oxford and Cambridge will be expected to have applied by now. These courses are usually the most sought after, and therefore have a shorter application window. All other students should continue to research at this point.


The University of Oxford is one of the most sought-after institutions in the world.


Mid January – Main UCAS Closing Date
For the vast majority of Universities, they will close their deadline around this time. As many hand out offers on a rolling basis, it is recommended to apply in October/November for maximum chance of having your application accepted.


Late February – UCAS Extra Begins
Any candidate that missed the deadline, has changed their mind, or has no offers – now can apply to any University with spare places.


Late April – Offers have been Made
By now, the majority of institutions will have made their offers. These offers are usually conditional – i.e. are contingent on a student getting certain grades. In some instances, these can be unconditional offers. This is rare, and is often seen when a University believes a candidate will be going to a higher-rated institution, so attempt to persuade them to accept their offer by taking all pressure off their exam results.


Mid August – Results Day and Clearing
The moment of truth – Universities will confirm your place if you have met your offer. If not, it is up to your University, and it is worth contacting them for clarification. If you have missed your offer, it really is on a case-by-case basis as to whether or not you’ll gain admittance to the course. You may have to use your insurance choice. Finally, there is the option of clearing, for anyone who has completely missed their offers.




These dates are merely a general guide, though they give you an idea of how to proceed with your application. There is a lot of help around our site, and we’ve picked out some more useful articles below. Good luck with your applications!



Choosing the Right University
Applying to University: FAQ’s
University Applications: Key Dates
Personal Statements: A Guide
Exemplar Personal Statement
Structuring Personal Statements
University League Tables



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