How can univeristies give equal consideration to offers when they are accepting offer

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How can unis give equal consideration to offers when they are already accepting offers from people?
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How can unis give equal consideration to offers when they are already accepting offers from people?
Universities do this in different ways.

Most universities dont fill their spaces so make offers to everyone at or around their grades where there is a satisfactory PS. Universities make many times more offers than places knowing that many wont take up their places or wont meet the offer. They have years of experience of doing this.

Some universities dont look at applicants until they have received all applications which is after the January deadline.

Others accept obvious candidates and reject those clearly not going to get in. They then hold a pool which is considered against all applications received by the deadline
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Universities do this in different ways.

Most universities dont fill their spaces so make offers to everyone at or around their grades where there is a satisfactory PS. Universities make many times more offers than places knowing that many wont take up their places or wont meet the offer. They have years of experience of doing this.

Some universities dont look at applicants until they have received all applications which is after the January deadline.

Others accept obvious candidates and reject those clearly not going to get in. They then hold a pool which is considered against all applications received by the deadline
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This make me feel better as most of my friends have already submitted their application and have offers aswell (not oxbridge or medicine/science courses).
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How can unis give equal consideration to offers when they are already accepting offers from people?
Unis know roughly how many offers they want to give out- remember even top unis will over offer, as some people will miss their offers, or not accept their offers. Lower ranked unis will over offer by a LOT as they know a lot of applicants will end up going elsewhere.

They also know how many applicants they will get at each point in the application cycle-so they will know how many offers it is "safe" to give out at this stage, whilst still leaving space for those who come later.

At this stage, most unis will only give offers to candidates they view as a very strong candidate. Anyone who is borderline will likely have to wait until after the deadline to hear back.
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Unis know roughly how many offers they want to give out- remember even top unis will over offer, as some people will miss their offers, or not accept their offers. Lower ranked unis will over offer by a LOT as they know a lot of applicants will end up going elsewhere.

They also know how many applicants they will get at each point in the application cycle-so they will know how many offers it is "safe" to give out at this stage, whilst still leaving space for those who come later.

At this stage, most unis will only give offers to candidates they view as a very strong candidate. Anyone who is borderline will likely have to wait until after the deadline to hear back.
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Hearing people talk about getting offers already makes me panic all the time.
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Universities do this in different ways.

Most universities dont fill their spaces so make offers to everyone at or around their grades where there is a satisfactory PS. Universities make many times more offers than places knowing that many wont take up their places or wont meet the offer. They have years of experience of doing this.

Some universities dont look at applicants until they have received all applications which is after the January deadline.

Others accept obvious candidates and reject those clearly not going to get in. They then hold a pool which is considered against all applications received by the deadline
What is meant by a pool?
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Just as a quick guide University might be offering 100 places. They might have 150 applicants. They will accept 50 and reject 50 that will leave 50. That 50 is what is classed as a pool. They wont make offers to those 50 until after the deadline. They might get another 50 applications up to the deadline. They will compare the 50 in the pool against the 50 who have applied later accept 50 and reject the other 50. That is an obvious example using easy figures. In practice universities have vast experience of doing this and might make 400 offers for 100 places as they know from experience the number of offers they have to make to achieve the number of spaces.

However other than a few universities or very competitive courses most universities do not reach their numbers and end up filling spaces through clearing.
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Thank you!
Hearing people talk about getting offers already makes me panic all the time.
There's honestly no need to panic. Just get your application done before the deadline! And make sure you allow your referees time to do their bit, too.

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What is meant by a pool?
A pool means that unis collect applications together and look at them all at the same time. Some courses may pool all their applications and look at them in the spring. Other unis may run pools e.g. once a month during the application season until January.

It means that unis can consider applications against each other, and make sure they are choosing the strongest students.
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I am currently only making offers to folk who well exceed the minimum requirements for each course - everyone else will be on hold until at least January.
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