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Admissions 2011 underway

19 August 2011

With the announcement of A-level results this week, university entrance is at the top of the news agenda.


Indeed, these months of the year are the busiest for UCL's undergraduate and postgraduate admissions staff, ensuring applicants are ready to enrol in September and that overseas applicants are able to obtain a student visa. 

The last two weeks are a particularly intensive period for undergraduate admissions, with staff currently processing the A-level results of applicants for the 2011/2012 undergraduate intake in September.

As a leading research university with many high-quality applicants per place, UCL has filled all of its undergraduate places again this year, meaning that there have been no vacancies for Clearing or Adjustment applicants.

We have only been able to take a few offer holders who narrowly missed their grades. Undergraduate admissions staff have been working hard since the weekend to process the examination results for everyone holding an offer at UCL, ensuring that an appropriate final decision is made on their application.

The dedicated Confirmation phone line, staffed by Outreach and Admissions, received approximately 1000 calls on the day A-level results were released.  We also received a large volume of calls directly to faculty offices. 

Every year, managing undergraduate admissions intake targets involves striking a difficult balance between ensuring that all available places are filled, and that UCL does not find itself in the position of too many qualified students for each place, for which the university is fined. For the year 2011/2012, indications are that we should come in comfortably within our HEFCE quota for Home and EU students and meet our Overseas target.

Bella Malins, Head of Outreach and Admissions, commented:

"All admissions staff, both undergraduate and postgraduate, have worked very hard this year to ensure that UCL meets its recruitment targets.  I would like to thank all staff involved in admissions at UCL for their continued hard work."

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