t’s not too late to make it to university this year with still more than 10 days to submit UCAS applications and meet the admissions service’s final deadline.
30 June is the last day for making five choices on the UCAS application form, and while these will still be sent to universities, there is no longer any guarantee they will be considered.
Yet the number of applicants who chose to apply only by this ‘late’ deadline yet still being successfully placed are increasing – jumping by 25 per cent over the last five years.
Last year 30,395 people secured university places despite applying well after the UCAS deadlines in January and March, figures from the admissions service show.
Simon Jones, Coventry University’s deputy director of admissions, said in a changing market and with universities increasing keen to recruit strong applicants through the year, things are simply being done differently.
With around 13 per cent of Coventry University’s applications expected to be received between March and June, nobody should think they’ve missed their chance – including people in work but thinking about a career change.
“We do encourage applicants to get their choices in by 15 January but things are changing and we now have thousands of applications coming in much later than that to meet the final June deadline.
Last year over 5,000 of our applications came in during this window which would previously has been considered as late, so there’s no reason to think you’ve missed the boat.
People are applying later in the year after taking more time to decide what they want to study and research their choices. These students are empowered and know they are making a long-term financial commitment.
There are also many cases of older people considering a career change, and they won’t necessarily be in line with the same deadlines that schools and colleges work towards.
With a falling population of 18-year-olds in the UK, universities are working hard to recruit strong applicants from a pool that isn’t getting bigger so there’s generally much more chance that your application will be just as solid later in the year.
Whatever the reasons, it means there’s still time to see what’s out there and it is great to see people doing that. Think about where a degree could take you, what you want to achieve and take time to research the right place for you.”
For further press information, please contact Hannah Smith, press officer, Coventry University, on 02477655050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org