How to reapply to university

In a recent article we discussed how to cope with university rejections, but what happens next? Maybe you will take a gap year, maybe you will look for a different path forward, or maybe you will try again. If you’re determined to go to your first choice of university, how do you reapply?

Can I reapply to the same university?

Yes, you can reapply to the same university by re-submitting your UCAS form, but you will have to wait for the next academic year.

What do you need to do?

You will need to resubmit your UCAS application, with your grades and personal statement in the same way that you did before.

Should you submit the same information again?

While there are lots of reasons for not getting into university the first time around, resubmitting exactly the same information probably won’t be representative of where you are in a year’s time. It’s a good idea to use the time between now and the next round of applications to think about how you can improve your application. 

You might not have achieved the grades that you needed the first time around, in which case you might choose to retake some of your exams. Alternatively you might find that by taking a gap year and gaining different experiences, perhaps in a working environment linked to your course of choice, it will add a new dimension to your personal statement.

If you’re not clear on why you did not get into your university of choice the first time around, then you might want to speak to an educational consultant or tutor to see if they can help you identify any gaps or areas you could enhance.

Is there anyone I can talk to?

You have some time to think about what you want to do now, and that might be the best thing you could have asked for. Speak to other students at your uni of choice if you can, contact your former teachers for their advice and maybe even talk to people who work in the profession you’re ultimately aiming for. They might have ideas and insights about how you can develop your personal and academic skills to enhance your application. They might also help you to decide if it’s actually what you want to do after all.

What happens if I don’t get in again?

It’s worth having a plan in case you don’t get what you want out of the reapplication process. The good news is that you have a while to think about it, and you may find that you change your mind about what you want. You might decide that a different university is the way to go, or that you want to tweak your direction depending on the feedback you get and experiences you have.

With all these things in mind, it’s also worth remembering to get the admin right. Get your application in on time, make sure it meets and does not exceed any word counts and check the grade requirements. At CamVision our team of former Oxbridge graduates offer university application consultancy to help you find the right place for you. If you would like to speak to them,  get in touch any time.