Many students spend weeks on their UCAS application, and all of that research and hard work can make you feel deflated after you submit it. If you are feeling unsure on what to do after you submit your UCAS application, there are many things you can now do to keep that motivation alive.
Firstly, the most significant thing you can do to help you make your decision on what university to study at is to attend as many open days as you can. Even if you have already visited a university, visiting another time will help you make up your mind. It is okay to only be able to go to an open day after you have picked an institution as a choice on your application. Once you are at the university you can ask staff and current students any questions you might have about the course, administration process, accommodation and student loans to ensure you have all the information you need.
Another important thing you need to do until your last exam is to study! A lot of students forget how vital this part of the process it is! Universities will offer you (unconditionally and conditionally) a place on their course, and you need to get the grades to be able to accept that spot. The application is the first step, but revising and achieving your predicted grades is what is going to get you where you want to be this time next year.
The months that follow the deadline is an opportunity to evaluate your choices and guarantee that they’re right for you. Sometimes you can make hasty decisions or begin to feel differently – maybe an open day changed your mind? If this does happen you can change one of your courses or maybe begin to favour another university over the other. You should be constantly thinking and researching your university so you know everything you need to about them.
Another helpful thing to do is to follow all the universities and student unions that you have applied for on social media – such as, Facebook and Twitter, and look at their website regularly. Keeping up to date with the university news will give you an idea of what happens at the campus whilst you’re studying there – you can even have a look at societies and clubs that you might be interested in signing up to!
University Compare knows that studying offers more than a degree and we encourage joining societies, activities, clubs and to get fully involved into student life as much as you can whilst you get your degree! Look at the local town and what you can do during your time as a student, as each town, city and university has so much to offer. It really is a life experience to sink your teeth into.
If you do find that you have messed up your UCAS application or you changed your mind there are a few options you can take. Firstly, if you have changed your mind about a university or course you can alter your choices on UCAS Track within seven days of receiving the welcome email from UCAS. If you want to change the course after this date but stay at the same institution you’ll have to contact them directly instead of UCAS. If the university allows you to change then they’ll let UCAS know, and if you have already been offered a place/accepted, then UCAS will automatically change this as well. If you want to defer your entry or application for a year then, again, you need to contact the university and then if it is approved will change on your application. However, you can’t swap a choice after the end of June, if you do then it will automatically be submitted to the late vacancies and you’ll have to wait to see if there is a place or go through Clearing.
There is the opportunity to add more choices if you didn’t use up all five in your original application. You must do this if you haven’t received any offers or accepted/declined any from a university. If you only originally applied to one university then you’ll have to pay the full fee for all choices to add extra courses onto UCAS Track. If you have used all five choices you might be able to alter your choices through UCAS Track if you have received offers from all universities, and haven’t accepted or declined all the offers you received. UCAS Extra is open from February 25th 2014.
Lastly, with all this hard work and research you have been doing, what is the university doing with your UCAS application? The university will process your details and upload all of the information you’ve provided. They’ll also spend some time looking at your personal statement – even checking to see if you’ve copied and pasted from any other students or from the internet (remember, it isn’t worth it!). The university will look at your already obtained and predicted qualifications against the course you wish to take and your personal statement to make a decision.
Each university has it’s own process of dealing with applicants, and each case is different to the next one. There is no need to worry if your friend is already getting offers – even from the same university or course! – because they can’t process them all at once! Sit patiently because a university will get back to you! In the mean time you can attend your open days, research your universities and revise to make sure you pass those exams!
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