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    I may be coming to Imperial College next year as an Erasmus student (final year - Biological Sciences).
    I received a letter from the student accommodation office yesterday, and it says i have an unconditionnal offer (offer status : firm ; clearing : no). What does it exactly mean? (and what's the difference between conditional/unconditional/insurance offer?) PLEASE HELP ME!! (and if possible before tonight... i'm leaving for Norway tomorrow morning)




    Very generally, a conditional offer means that your place depends on you getting certain grades. An unconditional offer means that you have a place at the university regardless of what what grades you achieve.

    I'm not sure about and insurance 'offer' but through the UK UCAS system of university admission, when you have have made up your mind about where you want to go, you decide on one university as your 'firm' place (the place you really want to go to) and another as your 'insurance' (the place you will go to if you don't get high enough grades for your firm).

    I think your letter means that you have got an unconditional offer of a place (ie there are no grade specifications), and the clearing bit simply refers to the system whereby all of the 'spare' places are allocated in August / September (which you haven't gone through, so don't worry about it).

    Hope this helps!
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    CV Helper
    To summarise what Paeony said, they're just saying that you're guaranteed a place at the university. It is presumably just the same as the letters they send to all the students who have applied through UCAS so they've used the UCAS 'jargon' to say it. Assuming it's only them that you've applied to, you needn't worry about conditional offers or insurance options.
    Jenn xx
    • Thread Starter

    Thank you! It helped.
    So I will be attending IC next year... cool
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