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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 over 22,000 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

You may receive a conditional offer if you have not yet completed all your current qualifications. The offer is therefore conditional on you 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.

When you receive your exam results

For students holding a conditional offer from Oxford

If you have met all the conditions of your offer, congratulations! Your college will be in touch with you regarding the administrative steps necessary to confirm your place.

If you received an open offer and have met the conditions of that offer, please remember that you may still be placed at a different college from the one which underwrote your offer. You may not know which college this is until after the A-level results are confirmed in August.

If you have not met all the conditions of your offer (for example if you have not achieved the required grades) your college will make a final decision regarding your offer once all A-level results have been confirmed in August. Please contact your college if you require any further information.

For students not holding a conditional offer from Oxford

Oxford does not participate in UCAS Clearing, Extra or Adjustment. Further information about places available at other institutions can be found on the UCAS website at

If you have achieved top grades, you may wish to apply to Oxford University to start your studies next year. However, please remember that even excellent results will not guarantee you a place, and if you are holding an offer from another university, you may wish to focus on your studies there.

Getting ready to start your course

Now that you've secured your place, you might like to check out our guide for new students, to help you get ready to move to Oxford and start your undergraduate course.

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