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    (Original post by Wahrheit)
    I agree with this, mostly. Especially for conditional offer holders, where it might be the case that you'll know more about your chances of making certain offers closer to the time. The flip side is for unconditional offer holders like myself, where it can be better for your state of mind to firmly know what it is that you're doing and to officialise it as early as possible. For conditional offer holders it might similarly be motivating to know 'right I HAVE to work my hardest in the next few months so I get my XXX for YYY.

    This said, I'll probably firm my choice like a week before the deadline
    I'd actually argue even harder to hold off for unconditional offers. Conditional offer holders have more options available after they've picked firm ins if they change their mind (eg it's often possible to switch F/I over up until end July with agreement, it is sometimes possible to get placed in Extra, if firm offer is exceeded then adjustment is an option and there's a chance to enter clearing).

    With unconditional once you go UF your only choices are clearing in August or a gap year.

    It is a really good idea to "make a decision" now and then sit and live with that choice until April then send your choice to UCAS. It's a good way to test that you're 100% sure it is the right choice without losing the opportunity to change your mind if circumstances change.
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    Where's that for then?


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    (Original post by TVIO)
    Hmm didn't know it was a UCAS rule. I have every intention of firming them anyway, but it does seem a bit off. They didn't specify a date, just 'ASAP' if that makes it any better?
    not really

    The UCAS rules to unis are quoted here:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...123&highlight=
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    not really

    The UCAS rules to unis are quoted here:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...123&highlight=
    Interesting, I won't take it any further but that's a shame that they've chosen to do it. It wasn't firm/not firm it was accept place/offer or decline it. I (think I) read something about them guaranteeing accommodation to first years unless they 'reply too late' and presumably that doesn't refer to UCAS as the offer would be cancelled. It could be a separate form they have about accommodation I suppose or the fee status form. It doesn't affect me personally, but that's annoying to those who are unsure.

    Edit: Might be so they know who to send reading lists to? I'll be getting one of those soon and maybe they wait for confirnation before sending.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    I'd actually argue even harder to hold off for unconditional offers. Conditional offer holders have more options available after they've picked firm ins if they change their mind (eg it's often possible to switch F/I over up until end July with agreement, it is sometimes possible to get placed in Extra, if firm offer is exceeded then adjustment is an option and there's a chance to enter clearing).

    With unconditional once you go UF your only choices are clearing in August or a gap year.

    It is a really good idea to "make a decision" now and then sit and live with that choice until April then send your choice to UCAS. It's a good way to test that you're 100% sure it is the right choice without losing the opportunity to change your mind if circumstances change.
    That's a good point and good advice for everyone I think!
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    not really

    The UCAS rules to unis are quoted here:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...123&highlight=
    What's the rationale behind that rule? What's actually wrong with Cambridge asking for students to separately confirm whether they'll accept or not?
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    (Original post by TVIO)
    I think it was just my college (Churchill, Cambridge) that did this as well, and I'm not really sure why. Weird :iiam:
    Queens' asked me the same question, but it did say that you could also just reply on ucas at their deadline.
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    (Original post by Chlorophile)
    What's the rationale behind that rule? What's actually wrong with Cambridge asking for students to separately confirm whether they'll accept or not?
    I would speculate it's to stop universities putting undue pressure on applicants to make an early decision. Universities get several months to make a decision about applicants, so it's only fair that applicants get time to make their decision too. Lots of people visit unis again before making their final choice, but this is less possible the less time applicants are given to chose.

    Basically, asking students to confirm they'll accept early only benefits the universities, and the UCAS system is designed to give students some protection as well.
 
 
 
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