Although it might sometimes feel like a never ending wait for decisions from your university choices, there are in fact fixed deadlines for them to respond. These are in place so you’re not waiting forever for offers to come through in Track, and so you can proceed with your application.
So it’s these two entries in our list of important dates that we’re referring to:
9 May 2013 If you applied by 15 January and are waiting for decisions, universities and colleges must send us their decisions by this date. If they don't, we will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf.
18 July 2013 If you applied by 30 June and are still waiting for decisions, universities and colleges must send us their decisions by 18 July. If they don't, we will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf.
In a nutshell, depending on when you sent your application, the universities either have until 9 May or 18 July to make offers. However if you applied by 15 January with, say four choices, and then added another choice after this date, all of your choices would have until 18 July to make their decisions.
If you’re still waiting to hear from one or more of your choices when the deadline for decisions passes, they will automatically update to ‘unsuccessful’ so that you’re able to either:
- reply to your offers, if you’re holding any
- use Extra if you’ve already added five choices and they were all unsuccessful. This is available until 3 July.
If you’ve been told by a university or college that they are offering you a place – perhaps they sent you a letter or told you at an interview – and you think an ‘unsuccessful’ decision has appeared because they missed the deadline, the best thing to do is get in touch with them straight away (you’ll find all their contact details on the UCAS website). If it’s a mistake then they’ll be able to contact us to change their decision, but only if you haven’t replied to any other offers you received or added an Extra choice.