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A student smiles at two friends outside a university building

About applying

If you want to study at Oxford, you'll need to apply a year before the start date of your course by completing an online UCAS application form. To make sure we consider all applicants thoroughly and fairly, there are several stages to our admissions process. Each one is outlined below.

It is important you understand your role in each of these stages and are aware of the deadlines. There is a strict UCAS submission deadline of 6pm (UK time) on Monday 16 October 2023. Please note that this year, the deadline for registering to take any admissions test that your course requires is Friday 29 September. 

Our admissions timeline provides an overview of the process. Interviews for 2024-entry will be held online. 

Before you begin your application, make sure you have read our Guide for applicants.

Apply, apply, apply! You have nothing to lose in applying and potentially a lot to gain. Believe in yourself. 

Simran

HOW YOU APPLY

1. CHOOSE YOUR COURSE

This is the first and most important decision to make, so explore your options widely. Studying something you really love will make your time at university so much more enjoyable. Remember to check the admission requirements for your course - specific grades and subjects required are shown on each course page.

2. CHOOSE A COLLEGE OR MAKE AN OPEN APPLICATION

Decide whether you'd like to express a preference for a particular college or make an open application. If you make an open application, you will be assigned to a college which has had relatively fewer applications for your course in the year you apply.

3. ADMISSIONS TESTS

These are an essential part of the assessment for many of our courses. Make sure you are registered and have your test candidate entry number by 29 September.  In 2023, tests will be taken on 18, 19 and 20 October. Please have a look at our admissions tests information for further details.  

(Arrangements for Law are slightly different.)

 4. UCAS APPLICATION

Start work on your UCAS application from anytime from June and submit by 16 October, 2023 to apply for entry in 2024 (the UCAS deadline is usually 15 October, except where this falls on a weekend).  There is lots of advice on how to fill out this form to make a competitive application in our Guide for applicants on the undergraduate admissions website. 

 5. WRITTEN WORK

Check your course page to find out if you need to submit any essays by 10 November.

6. INTERVIEWS

Applicants shortlisted for entry in 2024 will be interviewed online in December 2023. 

7. DECISIONS

Applicants who have been interviewed will hear whether or not they have been offered a place on 9 January, 2024.

8. RESULTS

Once you have received your exam results and met the conditions of your offer, your place will be confirmed!

Listing Oxford as one of my five choices was simply a 'have-a-go-moment'.

Adam

Sign up to our Choosing Oxford newsletter and visit our undergraduate admissions website for all the latest information about applying to Oxford.

Please fill in our feedback form about this prospectus to be entered in a prize draw. 

Dates for our 2024 undergraduate Open Days will be announced soon. For further information, please visit our website.

Two students studying and sharing a set of headphones
Two students studying and sharing a set of headphones