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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 submission deadline of 6pm (UK time) on 15 October. 

Our admissions timeline provides an overview of the process.

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. UCAS APPLICATION

Start work on your UCAS application form anytime from June and submit by 15 October, 2021 to apply for entry in 2022.  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. 

4. 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 15 October.  In 2021, tests will be taken on Wednesday, 3 November. 

(Arrangements for Law are slightly different.)

 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 2022 will be interviewed either online or in Oxford during December. More information will be available soon. 

7. DECISIONS

Applicants who have been interviewed will hear whether or not they have been offered a place on 11 January, 2022.

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 on the UCAS form was simply a 'have-a-go-moment'.

Adam

Sign up to our Choosing Oxford newsletter for all the latest information about applying to Oxford.

For further details on applying or on any aspect of student life at Oxford, please visit our undergraduate admissions website.

The best way to find out more is to visit our Open Days. Our next Virtual Open Days will take place on 30 June and 1 July.

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