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What are the potential responses from universities? What does ‘unconditional offer’ and ‘conditional offer’ mean?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016

If you submitted your UCAS application by the 15th January deadline, your chosen universities and/or colleges should normally inform you about the application decision by 31st March at the latest. The final date for them to make their decisions is 5th May 2016. When the letters and emails from colleges start pouring in, there are three potential outcomes:

1) You are Accepted with an Unconditional Offer
This means that you’ve already met the entry requirements, so the place is yours if you want it! If you still have upcoming exams, your results will not affect your admission. As a precaution, do check the offer letter to see if there’s anything else you need to do and please don’t slack before your finals as your future employers will look at your 12th grade results.

2) You are accepted with a Conditional offer
Congratulations! This means that you have to meet the conditions stipulated in the offer letter to get your place at the university confirmed. Usually these stipulations are grade-related, which means that you will have to wait until your final exam results are out.

3) You are Rejected
Don’t be disheartened. Wait for all the colleges to reply before you start thinking of worst-case scenarios. If you are not accepted anywhere, you will need to reevaluate your situation, but it’s not the end of the world. You can still apply to universities through the Extra Choices or Clearing, or even consider a gap year.

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