Accepting your UCAS offer is a high-pressure moment for any student. Having been there I definitely understand the fear of somehow missing the deadline and missing the offer you worked so hard for. Don’t worry, lots of students have been in this position, and most people meet the deadline. However, when actually is the acceptance deadline for UCAS?
The deadline for accepting UCAS offers in 2023 is 8th June 2023 or 17th July 2023. Your deadline to reply to your offers depends on the date you receive communication from all of your options.
If you receive correspondence by 18th May 2023, your acceptance deadline is 8th June, but if you receive correspondence by 12th July 2023, your acceptance deadline is 17th July 2023.
This article is going to take you through the UCAS application deadline for 2023 as well as accepting and declining offers.
What is the deadline for accepting university offers?
According to UCAS, there are 2 different deadlines for accepting university offers. If you have heard back from all your universities before 18th May 2023, then you’ll have exactly 3 weeks (until 8th June 2023) to confirm your firm and insurance choices.
However, if you receive all your replies by 12th July 2023, you’ll only have 5 days (until 17th July 2023) to confirm your choice.
It’s very important that you meet these deadlines, even though your deadline is dependent on when the universities reply to you with their decisions. As with handing in your application, it is still entirely your responsibility to meet this deadline. This article from Think Student has more information about UCAS application deadlines.
When you’ve received correspondence from all your universities, UCAS will notify you via email. Once you receive this email, you’ll be able to work out when your acceptance deadline is using the dates provided.
If you’ve received your replies from your preferred university choices, the UCAS website states that you can withdraw from your outstanding choices, and you will be provided with a deadline. However, only do this if you are absolutely sure of which university’s offer you want to accept.
UCAS recommends contacting them first before you make any significant changes to your application.
Can you change your mind after accepting a UCAS offer?
Yes, you can change your mind after you’ve accepted your UCAS offer. However, keep in mind that it isn’t an easy process, and nothing is guaranteed, so be very careful before you firm your university choice.
The UCAS website states that if you decide to change your mind within 14 days, you can contact UCAS directly about your choices. However, action is not always guaranteed. Review your choices carefully before you make them!
The process is more complex if you change your mind after the first two weeks of making your decision. The website states that you’ll have to contact your universities first, and then UCAS about your choices. For more information on declining an offer after accepting, check out this Think Student article.
If you’re undecided about which universities you want to apply to or are unsure about how many you can apply to, I’d recommend reading this Think Student article.
If you’re struggling to make a decision, I’d recommend talking to friends, family, and your teachers. Although no one can or should make your acceptance decisions for you, it’s always a good idea to talk about your concerns.
What happens if you don’t accept a university offer before the deadline?
If you miss your acceptance deadline, then your university offers will be “declined by default”. This means that your universities will be informed you’ve declined your choice, even if you haven’t manually declined them.
It’s important that you stay on top of UCAS deadlines so that you don’t miss acceptance. There are very few circumstances in which you can claim not having responsibility for missing the deadline, so try your best to meet it!
In the event that you do miss the acceptance deadline, contact UCAS immediately. However, in most cases, you’ll only have 1 week from 8th June or 17th July to contact UCAS, before there is nothing they can do.