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. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more. Feel free to post any comments in the area below. It is also recommended to browse around our site and view some of the helpful articles on display.


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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.




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.


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.


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


Late April – Offers have been Made
-By now, the majority of institutions will have made their offers. This is usually conditional, but in rare cases will be unconditional.


Mid August – Results Day and Clearing
-The moment of truth – Universities will confirm your place if you have met your offer. If not, sometimes you will still be allowed to enrol, or you may have to use your insurance choice. Finally, the option of clearing is there – which will open on results day.





These dates are merely a guide, though they give you an idea of how to proceed with your application. Remember to post in the comments if you have any questions. There is a lot of help around our site, feel free to use the search bar for any queries. Good luck with your applications!


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