Waiting for uni offers: how to keep your head
Our sister site The Student Room explains how to stay cool while waiting for university offers.
But don't panic if you still haven't heard from the unis you applied to – not everyone gets their offers at the same time. Grace Etheridge, community engagement manager at The Student Room, explains:
"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."
Keeping your coolEven though most unis don't send offers immediately, doubt will inevitably start creeping in the longer you're left waiting:
But don't worry:
Unis have got until May to respond, so don't give up hope too soon.
When you can expect to hear backAlthough 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.
If your application is submitted by 31 January 2024, you should get a response from each of your selected universities by 16 May 2024 at the very latest. Ucas will automatically show your application as unsuccessful if the uni hasn't responded by then.
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Plenty of time leftBeing unsure if you'll get the uni offers you want can be stressful, but don't let it get to your head – 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 other students are having a similar experience:
How are you dealing with the wait? Have your say on the The Student Room's Ucas applications forum.