If you want to study at Oxford, you need to apply a year before the start date of your course by completing an online UCAS application form. Applications open in June so you can start work on the form from then. You won’t be able to submit your application until early September. There is a strict submission deadline of 6pm (UK time) on 15 October. Your application must be complete – including the academic reference – and submitted before the deadline. Late applications cannot be accepted.
The deadline for applications for 2021 entry is 6pm (UK time) on 15 October 2020 and this must be strictly adhered to. If you are concerned about the effect of coronavirus (Covid-19) on your studies and/or application to study at the University, please visit our dedicated coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage which has all the latest updates and advice for prospective applicants.
Completing a UCAS application for Oxford follows the same process as for other universities, we just have an earlier submission deadline of 15 October.
Unless you already have a degree from a university, we do not require any certificates, transcripts or other documents at this stage. If you are offered a place at the University we will contact you to request these from you.
Before you start:
- Choose which course you would like to study. You can only apply to one course at Oxford, and you can’t apply to Oxford and Cambridge in the same year. See information on all our courses.
- Check the admission requirements for your course. Specific grades and subjects required are also shown on each course page.
- Decide whether to express a preference for a particular college or make an open application. If you make an open application, you will be assigned to a college which has had relatively fewer applications for your course in the year you apply.
The UCAS application will ask for:
- Personal details including an email address. Make sure you check this address frequently.
- Details about your education, and any qualifications you have already achieved.
- A personal statement where you tell us why you are interested in your chosen course. See our guidance on writing your personal statement.
- Your reference. Remember that your teacher or adviser will need some time to complete your reference, and this must be completed before the deadline. See our guidance on academic references.
- A fee payment to UCAS is required to complete the process.
Read guidance from UCAS on filling in your application.
For most courses at Oxford you are required to take a test as part of your application. Registration for tests is not automatic and is not part of the UCAS process. Please check the details for your course, including how to register.
If you are applying for a second undergraduate degree, please send a copy of the transcript from your first degree to the college that is considering your application, to arrive by 10 November. No other references, transcripts, or certificates are required or accepted except for students applying for Graduate-entry Medicine (A101) or Choral or Organ Awards.
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