Can universities see where else you've applied to – and could this affect your chances?
The answer to this one is no! You can enter a maximum of five choices on your application, but universities won’t be able to see where else you’ve applied to.
The good news is that when an admissions tutor receives your application, your other four choices will be blocked out.
The only occasion an admissions tutor could see anything else is if you’d applied to more than one course at the same university (it might be the same tutor assessing you for both). They wouldn’t be able to see any of your other choices.
Universities will only know where else you’ve applied once they’ve made their decision and you’ve decided whether or not to accept them as your firm or insurance choice. But even then it won’t affect things.
What about Oxbridge candidates?
Despite the rule of anonymity, there’s a perception that universities assume that students applying by 15 October are Oxbridge applicants who would make Oxford or Cambridge their first choice if they were successful. So what’s the reality?
And of course, not all candidiates who are applying to Oxford or Cambridge will end up getting a place there.