Waiting for uni offers: how to keep your head
By Nik Taylor (Community Editor, The Student Room) - 12 October 2014
It's that time of the year when The Student Room (TSR) heaves with posts such as these. With the university application process in full swing, this autumn's would-be freshers are currently spending a quite indecent amount of time updating their email and clicking on UCAS Track - hoping to catch an offer just as it pops into their inbox.
If you're one of them, you're probably climbing the walls waiting for some news. ANY news... But don't panic! The trouble is, as TSR moderator Minerva explains, not everyone gets their offers at the same time:
'Some people get offers within 48 hours; others wait for weeks or months without hearing anything, not even an acknowledgement. Many unis and/or courses don't even send acknowledgements.'
Keeping your coolStill, the time between watching your application float off into the ether through to reaching a state of sheer ‘oh-my-days-I'm-not-going-to-get-in-anywhere’ mania can be remarkably short, as shown by this post from a worried student:
One of our advisers had some level-headed advice to put this particular student's mind at rest.
Unis do look at applications in batches, yes. But, given they've got until May to reply to you (yes, May), you can expect to wait longer than a day to hear anything.
When you can expect to hear backThe plain fact is that, although you might be willing to nibble off your own arm in return for a speedy decision, universities have plenty of time to play with. And it's time they will use.
'UCAS asks universities to make decisions on applicants who met the 15 January deadline by 31 March, but not all of them achieve this', says Minerva.
'The absolute deadline for these decisions is 9 May, when UCAS will automatically enter an 'unsuccessful' decision on Track if the uni has not posted its own decision by then. But if you applied after 15 January, unis have until 18 July to make a decision, after which UCAS will enter 'unsuccessful' if a uni has not responded.'
Plenty of time leftSo the message is - if you've not yet heard back then don't worry. There's plenty of time still to go. And if the waiting game really is getting to you, take some comfort from the fact that - no matter how slowly (or quickly) your uni offers have come in - other people are having a similar experience.
That much is clear from a quick look at TSR's 'waiting for news is driving me crazy' uberthread...
How have your own applications to university gone? Are you still waiting to hear from your number one choice? Head over to The Student Room and let us know on the message boards.
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