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Anxious about your application? Here’s what you need to consider next

Monday, March 27, 2017

If you’ve applied to university and received all of your offers you’re probably now wondering which ones you should accept.

Don’t stress though, being able to weigh up your options is never a bad thing (in fact, having options is usually a great thing). So to help you out, we’ve put together this brief overview on what you should now be considering before making your final decision.  

Review your choices

Although you might have had a good idea of which uni you wanted to go to before you applied, it’s always worth making sure that this is still the right decision for you. You may have already done a fair amount of research into your university options, but with your decision deadline now on the horizon it’s probably worth reviewing your shortlist of universities anyway.


First and foremost; it really is worth visiting the universities you are considering, and their surrounding areas. They can look a lot different from the prospectuses and websites, and no two universities are the same. It’s a good idea to do this before choosing your Firm and Insurance choices, and even if you have visited before, it always worth a second viewing - just to check that you didn’t miss anything.

Take time to tour the campus and look around the town or city, as well as speaking to your course lecturers and support services. How well you settle into university life may well depend on how well you fit into the culture of that university, so it’s worth considering what’s important to you and what you want to get most out of your student experience.

Speak to students

Find out what other students think, as they’ll often give an honest account of what it’s really like. At Shrewsbury, our social media channels are a great way to see what our current students like to get up to at UCS and in Shrewsbury town itself. Have a look at our Instagram account (ucshrewsbury) to see student life in Shrewsbury for yourself.

Reply by your deadline

It’s important to reply to your offers before your deadline. Reply deadlines are based on when you received your last decision from those universities and colleges you have applied to. If you’re unsure when these reply deadlines might be, further details can be found on the UCAS website and on UCAS Track, but your deadline will depend upon when UCAS receive the last decision from your chosen universities.

Last decision received on or before... means your reply date is:

31st March 2017…                   4th May 2017 (if your postal address is in the EU)

5th May 2017…                        8th June 2017

8th June 2017…                        22nd June 2017

13th July 2017…                       20th July 2017

If you’re still waiting to hear back from some universities but have received the offers you’d like to accept, you can withdraw your application from these outstanding choices and reply to those you want to accept.

Selecting your Firm and Insurance choices

Once you’ve decided on your Firm and Insurance choices, you’ll need to login to UCAS Track using your Personal ID, username and password.

Select the course and university you would most like to attend as your Firm (F) choice and your second-choice university as your Insurance (I) choice. Your Insurance choice will act as a backup should you be unsuccessful in getting into your Firm choice, so we’d recommend you select an Insurance choice that has a slightly lower grade offer than your Firm choice. However, it’s also important that you feel happy with your Insurance choice, because this could be the university you end up enrolling at.

Once you’ve made your top two choices, you’ll also need to Decline (D) your other offers which didn't make the cut… we’ll try not to take offence if that’s us!

Good luck

Finally, good luck with making your decision – but if you do have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch. We are here to help, and always happy to show you around and talk to you about your course interest should you wish to visit.