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I sent off my UCAS mid December, and I didn't hear from any of the universities I had applied to until today, when I was rejected by two.

I had hope that the fact it was taking a long time might be a positive sign, but I'm beginning to wonder if it's actually a negative sign?

Obviously, all universities do admissions differently, but in general if a university is going to make you an offer, they will make it pretty quickly, and if they don't reply for weeks on end, that usually means you've been put on the rejection pile and are waiting for them to update UCAS?

Is that pretty much the case?
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(Original post by TobaccoSmoke)
I sent off my UCAS mid December, and I didn't hear from any of the universities I had applied to until today, when I was rejected by two.

I had hope that the fact it was taking a long time might be a positive sign, but I'm beginning to wonder if it's actually a negative sign?

Obviously, all universities do admissions differently, but in general if a university is going to make you an offer, they will make it pretty quickly, and if they don't reply for weeks on end, that usually means you've been put on the rejection pile and are waiting for them to update UCAS?

Is that pretty much the case?
some unis don't give out any offers til after the deadline. others will reject the "definitely not!" applications straight away and hold on to the "probably" pile. so no, your assumption isn't correct at all.

unis know applicants want to go to uni. they know the earlier they reply the more likely it is you can find other options. they're not evil and keeping you waiting for fun.

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(Original post by TobaccoSmoke)
I sent off my UCAS mid December, and I didn't hear from any of the universities I had applied to until today, when I was rejected by two.

I had hope that the fact it was taking a long time might be a positive sign, but I'm beginning to wonder if it's actually a negative sign?

Obviously, all universities do admissions differently, but in general if a university is going to make you an offer, they will make it pretty quickly, and if they don't reply for weeks on end, that usually means you've been put on the rejection pile and are waiting for them to update UCAS?

Is that pretty much the case?
Not necessarily, I applied mid December too. I'm still waiting for one more decision and it's February! It depends on the University itself as they might give out offers within 1-2 weeks of you sending off your application or they might wait till the UCAS deadline for applications before they review it. I don't think the length of time has anything to do with whether you get an offer or not.
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(Original post by TobaccoSmoke)
I sent off my UCAS mid December, and I didn't hear from any of the universities I had applied to until today, when I was rejected by two.

I had hope that the fact it was taking a long time might be a positive sign, but I'm beginning to wonder if it's actually a negative sign?

Obviously, all universities do admissions differently, but in general if a university is going to make you an offer, they will make it pretty quickly, and if they don't reply for weeks on end, that usually means you've been put on the rejection pile and are waiting for them to update UCAS?

Is that pretty much the case?
Don't worry it's just about the individual departments and universities system, I applied October 13th and am still waiting on one of my choices!! They'll make their decision in time, just try not to dwell on it (although I never stop checking my emails JUST IN CASE haha)
Edit: I've got offers from the other 4 and one didn't reply until last week, these things (unfortunately) take time haha!


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I'm still waiting for a university to make their decision and I applied in October, so I hope it isn't a bad sign!
However, I had my first offer almost immediately after applying so it really does vary according to which university and department you're applying to.
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Hi i'm an internatinal student applying to a university in the UK. I applied in mid october but i haven't gotten any replies till now. Shuould i be worried?
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(Original post by TobaccoSmoke)
I sent off my UCAS mid December, and I didn't hear from any of the universities I had applied to until today, when I was rejected by two.

I had hope that the fact it was taking a long time might be a positive sign, but I'm beginning to wonder if it's actually a negative sign?

Obviously, all universities do admissions differently, but in general if a university is going to make you an offer, they will make it pretty quickly, and if they don't reply for weeks on end, that usually means you've been put on the rejection pile and are waiting for them to update UCAS?

Is that pretty much the case?
Hi TobaccoSmoke,

This is not the case. Generally, the amount of time a university takes to get back to you is not representative of any offer they may make you.

Some universities give offers as soon as they receive applications, other universities do it in batches (containing all types of offers) and other universities leave it very late to make any offers so that they can consider all applications together.

I wouldn't start thinking that it is a bad sign if you haven't had an offer yet.

I hope this helps you.
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I applied on the 17th of December and I have still not heard anything back and some of my friends who have applied for the same uni and same coure have had their conditionals back so is this a bad sign?
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Not at all got rejected by my 5 universities in the first week
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