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Ucas deadlines and key application dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you’ll need to put into your diary throughout the university application process. Check out our calendar for all the key dates for 2021 and 2022 entry.

Key dates for 2021 entry


  • 19 October 2021: deadline for adding Clearing choices if you're starting university in 2021. 
  • 20 October: last date for unis or colleges to make decisions for 2021 entry. 

Key dates for 2022 entry: Ucas application


  • 7 September: Ucas applications open. Universities and colleges can technically begin making decisions as they receive applications, but this will depend on how universities handle decisions their approach  read our guide for more details.
  • 15 October: Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science deadline.



  • 26 January 2022: general Ucas application deadline (for most undergraduate courses) is 6pm UK time. Here are your options if you miss the January Ucas application deadline
  • 25 February: Ucas Extra begins.


  • 19 May: decisions usually back from universities for 26 January applications.
  • 9 June: you need to reply to offers by this date, if you received all decisions by 19 May. 
  • 30 June: applications received after this date are entered into Clearing, while those received before will be sent on to universities. 


  • 4 July: application deadline for Ucas Extra.
  • 5 July: Ucas Clearing opens with vacancies beginning to be published.
  • 14 July: university decisions due for applications submitted by 30 June. 
  • 21 July: you need to reply to offers by this date, if you received all decisions by 14 July. 

  • 28 September: last date for applications for 2022 entry.
  • 18 October: the deadline for adding Clearing choices.

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