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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 examination results 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.

If you have a received an offer, then congratulations! 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. In the meantime, best of luck with those exams! We hope the prospect of joining us soon will keep you going during all that revision.

Typically, we receive more than 20,000 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 they were hoping for from Oxford 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 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.

Opportunity Oxford offers

This is our new academic programme that aims to prepare talented offer-holders from under-represented backgrounds for their time at Oxford so they can really enjoy their studies and life as a student.

Further information

Read the 2020/21 Course Information Sheet for your course.

Find out what happens when you receive your exam results.

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: or from an ‘’ 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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