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I am from Spain and I have been rejected by UCL. I dont really know why as I have 10 out of 10 in all my subjects. They told me "your application was not quite as strong as that of others", but what the hell. I cannot get better marks, it is literally impossible. Would you know then why did that happen?
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(Original post by OussamaRakye)
Hello,
I am from Spain and I have been rejected by UCL. I dont really know why as I have 10 out of 10 in all my subjects. They told me "your application was not quite as strong as that of others", but what the hell. I cannot get better marks, it is literally impossible. Would you know then why did that happen?
I don’t know how the other parts of your application look like, but certainly the fact that you are from the EU must have been a deciding factor. They only have quotas regarding the home students they accept, so many times when it comes to choose between a EU and a non-EU student they prefer the latter (for obvious reasons ££). Don’t worry to much about it as the system isn’t the fairest, you seem an amazing applicant.
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Because they probably have hundreds of applicants with 'the best grades possible'. They don't have places for all of them.
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(Original post by OussamaRakye)
Hello,
I am from Spain and I have been rejected by UCL. I dont really know why as I have 10 out of 10 in all my subjects. They told me "your application was not quite as strong as that of others", but what the hell. I cannot get better marks, it is literally impossible. Would you know then why did that happen?
If your grades were the best possible, then it must have been another part of your application that let you down. What other things did you need submit alongside your grades?
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If your grades were the best possible, then it must have been another part of your application that let you down. What other things did you need submit alongside your grades?
They asked my teacher which marks of maths I was going to get as prediction. And it was 10 out of 10 too.
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(Original post by OussamaRakye)
They asked my teacher which marks of maths I was going to get as prediction. And it was 10 out of 10 too.
Did you need to provide a personal statement or any other documents with your application?
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I don’t know how the other parts of your application look like, but certainly the fact that you are from the EU must have been a deciding factor. They only have quotas regarding the home students they accept, so many times when it comes to choose between a EU and a non-EU student they prefer the latter (for obvious reasons ££). Don’t worry to much about it as the system isn’t the fairest, you seem an amazing applicant.
Thanks for your answer!
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(Original post by akerlofnash)
I don’t know how the other parts of your application look like, but certainly the fact that you are from the EU must have been a deciding factor. They only have quotas regarding the home students they accept, so many times when it comes to choose between a EU and a non-EU student they prefer the latter (for obvious reasons ££). Don’t worry to much about it as the system isn’t the fairest, you seem an amazing applicant.
Er, no they don't.
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Did you need to provide a personal statement or any other documents with your application?
Yeah I had, as usual
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Yeah I had, as usual
That may be where your application was weakest then.
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That may be where your application was weakest then.
Well, what I dont understand its that Cambridge (much better) gave me the opportunity to do two interviews and one test (I have been rejected, but I understand them, I did it horrible). Cambridge receives better applicants and I got further with them, and UCL directly rejected me.
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Well, what I dont understand its that Cambridge (much better) gave me the opportunity to do two interviews and one test (I have been rejected, but I understand them, I did it horrible). Cambridge receives better applicants and I got further with them, and UCL directly rejected me.
Many similar decisions are made every year.
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Must have been the personal statement. Grades is only part of it. Passion and character are big factors too.
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it might be the course you applied for; maybe it's more competitive at UCL than cambridge. or perhaps cambridge had space for more EU students. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
to be totally honest with you, it probably was your personal statement; your english grammar isn't perfect (although i don't know if this was also in your ps, to be fair) so that may have let you down.
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it might be the course you applied for; maybe it's more competitive at UCL than cambridge. or perhaps cambridge had space for more EU students. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
to be totally honest with you, it probably was your personal statement; your english grammar isn't perfect (although i don't know if this was also in your ps, to be fair) so that may have let you down.
My grammar isn't perfect, but my English teachers has it. So she corrected my PS. And being honest I don't think it was horrible (being impartial). I also said that I had extracurricular things.
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I’m not sure if it’s possible to obtain feedback. You could ask.
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(Original post by OussamaRakye)
My grammar isn't perfect, but my English teachers has it. So she corrected my PS. And being honest I don't think it was horrible (being impartial). I also said that I had extracurricular things.
UCL ain't an easy university where did you apply you get an offer there is huge competition so it ain't deep. Move on, or reapply next year.
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(Original post by OussamaRakye)
Hello,
I am from Spain and I have been rejected by UCL. I dont really know why as I have 10 out of 10 in all my subjects. They told me "your application was not quite as strong as that of others", but what the hell. I cannot get better marks, it is literally impossible. Would you know then why did that happen?
Dont worry someone else was very unhappy with the same earlier. They did a perfect application and everything about them was perfect but they got rejected. It isnt done on just grades, they have the reference, the ps and your extra curricular s to consider. get some feedback as am sure others have told you.
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Don't let it knock you down. Try other uni's and just keep reapplying. I have no doubt I will get many knocks too.

So many apply but so few spaces. So they can be ultra fussy and most will have top grades.
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(Original post by OussamaRakye)
Hello,
I am from Spain and I have been rejected by UCL. I dont really know why as I have 10 out of 10 in all my subjects. They told me "your application was not quite as strong as that of others", but what the hell. I cannot get better marks, it is literally impossible. Would you know then why did that happen?
For which course?

And you haven't achieved those grades have you? By the sound of it they are predictions. There are lots of applicants with high predictions, not all will get offers.

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They only have quotas regarding the home students they accept
No there isn't.
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