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I've been told by a friend that some unis set their own deadlines for replying to offers. I'm still waiting on a Durham offer/ rejection for English, and want to firm Cambridge and insure Warwick once I've got all my offers.

Should I wait for a response from Durham, or is it worth withdrawing my place? And why are they taking so long to reply??
(edited 1 year ago)
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Original post by RockyDog123
I've been told by a friend that some unis set their own deadlines for replying to offers. I'm still waiting on a Durham offer/ rejection for English, and want to firm Cambridge and insure Warwick once I've got all my offers.

Should I wait for a response from Durham, or is it worth withdrawing my place? And why are they taking so long to reply??

I've only heard of the official UCAS deadline
If you are concerned, email Cambridge and Warwick to check
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Original post by RockyDog123
I've been told by a friend that some unis set their own deadlines for replying to offers. I'm still waiting on a Durham offer/ rejection for English, and want to firm Cambridge and insure Warwick once I've got all my offers.

Should I wait for a response from Durham, or is it worth withdrawing my place? And why are they taking so long to reply??

If you are like 100% certain on your firm and insurance choices, you could withdraw from durham just to get it over with, but there's no rush. I'm in the same situation but with imperial instead of durham, and I'm just gonna wait for their decision, even though I know I'm not going to choose Imperial if I get an offer from them, just because I want to see whether they accept me or not lmao.


EDIT: lol not long after posting that i got rejected from imperial rip
(edited 1 year ago)
All top Unis make offers gradually - this sort of delay is totally normal
They have until May 19 to make a decision and so will continue to make offers until then.

Suggestion - phone Durham and ask them when you are likely to hear from them.
For undergraduate studies, individual unis do not have separate deadlines for replying to offers - the deadline for you to respond to offers depends on when the last offers comes through and is set by UCAS. You should have at least 3 weeks (often much longer) to consider your offers, no matter when they come in. So there is no reason or benefit in withdrawing from one of your choices now!

The above is for undergraduate studies; for graduate studies (e.g. PhD applications) then individual unis do have separate deadlines to respond to offers - usually this will be communicated when you are made the offer. Also part-time undergraduate courses that you apply directly to a uni for (rather than through UCAS) likewise will have individual offers. In both cases it's because the applications are not handled through UCAS.

Anecdotally I would say I think Durham is notorious for making undergraduate offers very late in the "season", so I would just recommend waiting it out. If you're a postgraduate applicant though then check the deadlines for what offers you have and make a judgement call.
This is on the UCAS website

Reply dates
These are based on when we get the last decision in from your unis or colleges. Check your application to see your personal deadline.​

If you receive your last decision on or before 19 May 2022, your reply date is 9 June 2022 (except if you're using Extra to find a place).
If you receive your last decision on or before 14 July 2022, your reply date is 21 July 2022 (including Extra choices)
Original post by RockyDog123
I've been told by a friend that some unis set their own deadlines for replying to offers. I'm still waiting on a Durham offer/ rejection for English, and want to firm Cambridge and insure Warwick once I've got all my offers.

Should I wait for a response from Durham, or is it worth withdrawing my place? And why are they taking so long to reply??

Hi @RockyDog123

Universities, for undergraduate courses, cannot set up their own deadline to respond to offers unless the course start date is earlier than the other courses. If you think a university is putting pressure on you to make an early decision, you can report this to UCAS. Currently, if you receive your offers before 19 May, you have until 9 June 2022 to reply.

I know waiting for this long can be hard but you've already waited till March and there are just 1.5-2 months more left. If you can, I'd suggest you wait to hear back from Durham if you're considering attending this uni. If you're more interested in the other unis and are sure about them, feel free to withdraw the application! It's just taking longer this year because of so many deferrals from last year. Ringing the admissions won't bear much fruit I guess because they're trying their best to sort through applications ASAP and probably can't tell you when the individual applications will be replied to.

Hope this helps :smile:

-Himieka (Official DU Rep)
Original post by RockyDog123
I've been told by a friend that some unis set their own deadlines for replying to offers. I'm still waiting on a Durham offer/ rejection for English, and want to firm Cambridge and insure Warwick once I've got all my offers.

Should I wait for a response from Durham, or is it worth withdrawing my place? And why are they taking so long to reply??

In exactly the same position, cambridge and durham are the same entry grades so I don't see the point in waiting?
Original post by Anonymous
In exactly the same position, cambridge and durham are the same entry grades so I don't see the point in waiting?

Yeah I withdrew lol, esp. as I didn’t want to ‘steal’ a Durham offer (idk if that’s how it works). What college are you going to?
Original post by Anonymous
Yeah I withdrew lol, esp. as I didn’t want to ‘steal’ a Durham offer (idk if that’s how it works). What college are you going to?

Yeah that makes sense, think i'll do the same. St. Catherine's wbu?

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