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Does the order of universities you put matter?

Will some universities care if they are not your first choice and will that affect how likely you are to be given an offer?
Original post by Madeleinej_h
Will some universities care if they are not your first choice and will that affect how likely you are to be given an offer?


Unis can't see which other unis you have applied to and the order you place them in does not matter. :smile:
Original post by Anthony1223
Yes, the order in which you list universities in your application can matter to some extent. In many cases, the university admissions committees may interpret the order as a reflection of your preferences or priorities.
[start]For example, if you list a highly competitive or prestigious university as your first choice, it may indicate to the admissions committee that you are particularly interested in that institution. On the other hand, if you list less competitive universities first, it might suggest that you have a strong preference for those options.[/start]
[start]However, it's important to note that the impact of the order may vary among universities and programs. Some institutions may consider it more than others. Ultimately, the content of your application, including your academic achievements, personal statement, and letters of recommendation, is likely to have a more significant impact on the admissions decision. It's advisable to prioritize honesty and clarity in your application, ensuring that your choices align with your academic and personal goals.[/start]

Not sure if you’ve copied and pasted this from elsewhere (given the start tags), and hopefully it’s not AI prompted.

It’s completely incorrect.

Unis can only see your course choices at their own institution. They cannot see what other courses you’ve applied to until much later in the cycle, (after firm and insurance choices have been picked), nor the order that you put them in. Moreover, UCAS changes the order in any case.

The order that you enter them in UCAS hasn’t been relevant for decades.
(edited 3 months ago)
Reply 3
Original post by Anthony1223
Yes, the order in which you list universities in your application can matter to some extent. In many cases, the university admissions committees may interpret the order as a reflection of your preferences or priorities.
[start]For example, if you list a highly competitive or prestigious university as your first choice, it may indicate to the admissions committee that you are particularly interested in that institution. On the other hand, if you list less competitive universities first, it might suggest that you have a strong preference for those options.[/start]
[start]However, it's important to note that the impact of the order may vary among universities and programs. Some institutions may consider it more than others. Ultimately, the content of your application, including your academic achievements, personal statement, and letters of recommendation, is likely to have a more significant impact on the admissions decision. It's advisable to prioritize honesty and clarity in your application, ensuring that your choices align with your academic and personal goals.[/start]

This is total and complete nonsense - please ignore!


NO Universities can see where-else you applied or for which course.
They do not have this information from UCAS.
Reply 4
Original post by normaw
Unis can't see which other unis you have applied to and the order you place them in does not matter. :smile:

Thank you 😊
Reply 5
Original post by Anthony1223
Yes, the order in which you list universities in your application can matter to some extent. In many cases, the university admissions committees may interpret the order as a reflection of your preferences or priorities.
[start]For example, if you list a highly competitive or prestigious university as your first choice, it may indicate to the admissions committee that you are particularly interested in that institution. On the other hand, if you list less competitive universities first, it might suggest that you have a strong preference for those options.[/start]
[start]However, it's important to note that the impact of the order may vary among universities and programs. Some institutions may consider it more than others. Ultimately, the content of your application, including your academic achievements, personal statement, and letters of recommendation, is likely to have a more significant impact on the admissions decision. It's advisable to prioritize honesty and clarity in your application, ensuring that your choices align with your academic and personal goals.[/start]

Please delete this wrong information.
Reply 6
Original post by Admit-One
Not sure if you’ve copied and pasted this from elsewhere (given the start tags), and hopefully it’s not AI prompted.

It’s completely incorrect.

Unis can only see your course choices at their own institution. They cannot see what other courses you’ve applied to until much later in the cycle, (after firm and insurance choices have been picked), nor the order that you put them in. Moreover, UCAS changes the order in any case.

The order that you enter them in UCAS hasn’t been relevant for decades.

My mum said similar which is what prompted me as she applied for medicine in the late 80s or 90s. I realise times had probably changed since then. The general consensus on here is that it doesn't matter so thank you and everyone else who has answered my question with the correct info :smile:

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