Waiting for uni offers: how to keep your head
'I am now officially crazy from waiting!'... 'I'm getting obsessed with checking my email!' Sound familiar? Our sister site The Student Room explains how to keep your head when waiting for university offers.
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 Community Engagement Manager Grace explains, not everyone gets their offers at the same time:
'Offers can come in at different times for different people - some within 24 hours, some months after your application has been submitted! You may or may not receive an acknowledgement of your application from a university as well - it all depends on how they like to do things, which is different at every institution. Try not to worry too much if it's taking a long time, as this year in particular things are taking a little longer than usual due to Covid.'
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:
Another member has some level headed advice:
Given that unis have got until May to reply to you (yes, May), you may have a long wait 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.
The deadline for decisions to applications submitted before 29 January is 20 May. Ucas will automatically enter an 'unsuccessful' decision on Track if the uni has not posted its own decision by then.
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 thread for all those waiting to hear back from uni...
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.