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UCAS Conditional Acceptance Date Conflict

Hello,I have a question. I am from the USA, I applied to several universities for the Fall 2024 semester. I was acceptable into 4 schools, the final one I really want to attend is the last one to respond, University of Edinburgh. They responded back with a conditional offer that I need to get a score of 4 on one of my final AP exams. If I do that I get in. However, I will not know the exam final score until July and scoring a 4 is a big challenge so might not happen. All of my other university choices want a response by June 15th. So if I hold out for Edinburgh and don't get a high enough score I won't get in there but will have missed my acceptance window at 2nd and 3rd choices. I am not sure what to do. Is there a way to explain this to someone at Edinburgh or I should just go ahead and accept at my
Why don't you accept Edinburgh as your firm choice and your first pick of the others as your insurance choice? That way if you fail to meet the conditions then you'll automatically accept your back up - this, of course, is assuming that all 4 universities are in the UK/ done through UCAS.
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Original post by ChopinLiszt1
Why don't you accept Edinburgh as your firm choice and your first pick of the others as your insurance choice? That way if you fail to meet the conditions then you'll automatically accept your back up - this, of course, is assuming that all 4 universities are in the UK/ done through UCAS.

Thanks for the response. The other 4 universities were all done through UCAS. That is what I am not sure of. If I choose Edinburgh as firm choice and others as back up, what happens if I get conditionally rejected from Edinburgh in July when I get my exam grades past what the secondary universities have set as their June 15th acceptance cut off date. I will need to find student housing so I am worried if I don't make Edinburgh I am past the cut off from the back up choices and if I am still able to line up student housing ~6 weeks before the semester starts?
Original post by madman31
Thanks for the response. The other 4 universities were all done through UCAS. That is what I am not sure of. If I choose Edinburgh as firm choice and others as back up, what happens if I get conditionally rejected from Edinburgh in July when I get my exam grades past what the secondary universities have set as their June 15th acceptance cut off date. I will need to find student housing so I am worried if I don't make Edinburgh I am past the cut off from the back up choices and if I am still able to line up student housing ~6 weeks before the semester starts?

Ordinarily the acceptance date only refers to the date by which you need to respond to the offer. In Scotland for example, the SQA results date is usually around the first week in August so, with exception of those having received unconditional offers, most people won't know where they are going until closer to the start of the academic year.
You’re confusing the UCAS deadline to meet conditions (end August) with the UCAS deadline to reply to all of your offers (16 June)

If you don’t meet your firm offer and they’re unwilling to accept you with lower grades then UCAS automatically pass your application on to your insurance choice.

Which university is your favourite?
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Thanks for the response. University of Edinburgh is my favorite but of course that is the one that has the conditional offerer. Aberdeen is 2nd choice, Durham is 3rd. So sounds like I need to choose Edinburgh as firm with Aberdeen being insurance and go ahead and apply for housing at both. If I don't meet the Edinburgh conditional requirement then I will proceed with Aberdeen since that is a firm offer. Am I understanding correctly? Thanks!
Correct, if you accept Edinburgh as your firm with Aberdeen as your insurance you will got to Edinburgh if you meet the conditions. In the event you fail to meet the conditions then you'll go to Aberdeen instead so long as you meet their conditions (if any). Both are really great unis - I did my undergrad. at Aberdeen so don't worry if you don't get into Edinburgh because Abz is great also for what its worth 🙃
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Original post by ChopinLiszt1
Correct, if you accept Edinburgh as your firm with Aberdeen as your insurance you will got to Edinburgh if you meet the conditions. In the event you fail to meet the conditions then you'll go to Aberdeen instead so long as you meet their conditions (if any). Both are really great unis - I did my undergrad. at Aberdeen so don't worry if you don't get into Edinburgh because Abz is great also for what its worth 🙃

Thanks Chopin! Both seem really great and I am sure I will be happy at either of them. Appreciate your advice!

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