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Decisions

Decisions

Shortlisted candidates for 2021 entry will be told whether or not their application has been successful on 12 January 2021. 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 make decisions based on all aspects of your application:

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

Feedback on admissions decisions may be requested from the college which considered the application, before 15 February in the year after the application was made.

Congratulations if you have received an offer! Over the next months we will keep in touch via our offer holder newsletters which will give you tips and insights into student life at Oxford and let you know how to prepare for your arrival here next October. If you can’t wait that long, then have a look now at our Oxford Students website

Typically, we receive more than 22,000 applications for around 3,300 places and every year we receive applications from many more brilliant candidates than we have places for. We are very aware that sadly not everyone will receive the news from Oxford they were hoping for this January. We also know that many who do not receive an offer here, go on to have a fabulous time at another university and some even come here for postgraduate study. So we may meet again, but in the meantime, we wish you every success with your studies and would like to thank you for considering Oxford.

Different types of offers

Offers are made by a college or may be 'open' (not made by a specific college). Offers 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. Normally, meeting these conditions involves achieving certain examination results and where examinations are going ahead as planned, we expect these conditions to be met. In countries where the normal examinations have been cancelled for 2021, we will expect the conditions of your offer to be met by the alternative assessment put in place by examination boards and examination regulators. While details of the assessment system that will replace summer examinations are still being finalised in England and some other countries, Oxford remains committed to a fair and flexible admissions process which will aim to ensure no students are disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular those from under-represented and less advantaged backgrounds. We are following government announcements closely and will provide more information as soon as we can. 

However, whatever changes occur, providing you meet all the conditions of your offer with us by the deadline stipulated by UCAS, your offer will be confirmed and you will be accepted by the University. This applies to all our offer holders, wherever you are currently studying in the world.

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 can complete all the necessary administrative steps to provide the evidence required.

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 you have produced evidence that you have met the conditions of your offer and when your place is confirmed. 

Opportunity Oxford offers

This year around 170 offers will include a place on our Opportunity Oxford programme. Through this programme, we make offers to candidates who have demonstrated outstanding potential and who we feel would benefit from more intensive preparation for their course. The programme aims to smooth the transition from school to university so participants can gain maximum enjoyment and fulfilment from their studies at Oxford. 

Further information

Read the 2021/22 Course Information Sheet for your course.

Read more about your contract with Oxford University.

On occasion, we are notified of bogus letters claiming to be from the University of Oxford, offering a place and/or scholarship funding to an applicant, and requesting payment in order to secure the offer(s). Genuine communications from the University will be sent to you from:
 undergraduate.admissions@mailgb.custhelp.com or from an ‘ox.ac.uk’ email address.

The University will never ask for money to be paid in order to secure a scholarship. If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a document that you have been sent by the University or one of its departments/faculties or colleges then please contact the University.

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