UCAS Application Deadline 2023
If you are thinking of going to university, there are several key dates that you need to be aware of before you send off your UCAS application.
All students looking to go to university need to be aware of the UCAS deadlines. Some applications open early and others open much later.
With Clearing and Adjustment, you won’t need to worry about late university applications either.
When is the UCAS deadline?
The UCAS applications deadline remains the same every year. The deadline depends on the course you are applying for and on the university you are applying to.
Deadlines have been known to change depending on course availability. Some degrees have limited spaces, like teaching courses or midwifery courses, which may mean that their application deadlines are brought forward.
You can track your application using UCAS Track. Clearing and Adjustment will mean that you will not need to worry too much about a missed UCAS deadline or when to apply to university.
When is the deadline for personal statements?
The personal statement deadline will depend on the course that you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying for dentistry courses, medicine courses and veterinary courses - or are applying to the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford, you will need to have your personal statement completed by 15th October.
For those that are applying elsewhere, the date is different. Other students will need to ensure that their personal statement is completed and part of their university application by 26th January.
Students have 14 days after their course was automatically declined to change things.
What are the key dates?
The date for each of the key dates in the UCAS calendar remain the same every year. A Level results day may change, however, university application deadlines do not change.
College application deadlines can differ. If the college does not use UCAS as their primary application method, you will need to speak to the college and find out the relevant key dates. Colleges will also have a process in place to help applicants that miss the deadline for college applications.
15th October 2021
This is the UCAS deadline for anyone applying to the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford.
This is also the closing date for most dentistry courses, medicine courses and veterinary courses.
26th January 2023
This is the overall UCAS deadline for undergraduate student’s UCAS application. Previously, this was on the 15th January, but this has now been extended to give students more time to complete their applications.
25th February 2023
This is when UCAS Extra opens up for students.
30th June 2023
The official deadline for 2023 applications. Any entry received after 18:00pm will be automatically submitted for Clearing.
4th July 2023
The final day for students to add an Extra choice.
5th July 2023
Clearing 2023 officially opens for students.
28th September 2023
The final date undergraduate entry applications.
19th October 2023
Clearing for 2023 officially closes.
When do I need to make my decision?
Universities will make their decisions known before you receive your required results. Whether you have received a conditional offer or an unconditional offer, you will need to reply by the following dates.
- 19th May 2023: If you have received all your decisions by 15th March 2023, you will need to reply by this date.
- 1st June 2023: If you have received all your decisions by 15th May 2023, you will need to reply by this date.
- 9th June 2023: If you have received all your decisions by 19th May 2023, you will need to reply by this date.
- 21st July 2023: If you have received all your decisions by 14th July 2023, you will need to reply by this date.
Not all courses will be on time. If you want to accept an offer for a course that begins before your reply date, you will need to contact the college or university and speak to them about what the next step is.
Some universities provide earlier deadlines for students to reply. If you do not accept this offer in time, the offer may be withdrawn.
If the college does not use UCAS as their primary application method, you will need to speak to the college and find out the relevant key dates.
What do I do if my course is automatically declined?
You will need to call UCAS. Students have 14 days after their course was automatically declined to change things.
It may still be possible after 14 days, but this becomes much harder for UCAS to reverse. In this instance, UCAS may need permission from the university before they can offer you the option to accept. You may need to contact them beforehand.
UCAS cannot and will not swap replies after 26th July 2023.
Can I still apply to university if I miss the UCAS deadline?
You can still apply after the uni deadline. However, your application will not be given the same consideration as applications that arrived before the deadline.
After 26th January 2023, you will have until 30th June 2023 to apply to a university of your choice. However, applications made after 30th June 2023 will be automatically entered into Clearing.
The deadline depends on the course you are applying for and on the university you are applying to.
When will I receive my UCAS points tally?
You will receive your UCAS points when you receive your A-Level results. Your UCAS points tally is very important for your university application.
As you are applying to university before you will receive your points, universities often go by your predicted grades. If you are offered a place related to your predicted grades, you will usually receive a conditional offer.