Whether you’ve applied for a foundation, bachelor’s or master’s programme, it can take some time before you get a response from a university admission officer on the outcome of the university course you applied to. So when can you expect a university offer to come out? This depends on a range of factors and we’ve put together a rough guide on what you can expect after submitting your application.
Each university and college makes decisions at different times and there are deadlines that they have to adhere to. In certain circumstances, universities may be able to get back to you within a week but generally application decisions will be made depending when you applied. For example, students who applied during the mid-January deadline should expect responses to be made by early May or if you applied during the late-June deadline, you should expect responses by mid-July. According to the UCAS website they state information based on previous applications submitted in 2020, i.e. if: 
  • You applied by 15 January 2020, you should expect a response by 6 May 2020
  • You applied by 30 June 2020, you should expect a response by 13 July 2020
  • You applied after 30 June 2020, there is a final deadline for universities to make decisions by 20 October 2020 - and if you’ve applied through Clearing 
It’s also important to consider that every university has different procedures and methods when responding to course applications and some may require more time than others. For example, you may get invited for an interview and decisions may only be made when all interviews have taken place whereas some universities may make offers and respond as soon as applications are made. So while some universities may get back to you within a few weeks, some may receive an offer within a few working days.
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