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Shortlisted candidates for 2019 entry will be told whether or not their application has been successful on 9 January 2019. Decisions will be released via UCAS Track early in the morning. This will be followed by direct communication from the college considering your application. 

Tutors will make a decision based on all aspects of your application:

  • your interview
  • any admissions tests or written work required for your course
  • your examination results and predicted grades
  • your personal statement
  • the academic reference

We receive many thousands of applications each year, and sadly many excellent candidates will not be offered places. Typically, we receive around 20,000 applications for around 3,250 places.

Offers can be made by a particular college or may be 'open' (not made by a specific college). They can also be 'conditional' or 'unconditional'.

Conditional and unconditional offers

If you receive an offer but have not yet completed all your current qualifications, it is likely that this will be conditional on your achieving certain results. Your place will be confirmed when you have completed your qualifications and if you have satisfied the conditions of the offer. For details of typical offers for your course, please see the Entrance Requirements tab on the relevant course page. Please note that any offer may also include a requirement for evidence of proficiency in the English language.

If you have already completed your qualifications then you may be given an unconditional offer. This means that there are no further academic conditions for you to meet, and your place is guaranteed so long as you complete all the necessary administrative steps.

Open offers

If you get an open offer, your place at Oxford is guaranteed (as long as you meet any conditions attached to the offer and complete the necessary administrative steps). However, the college you will go to has not yet been specified, and will not be decided until after your final examination results have been published.

Find out what happens when you receive your results.