Degree Day

Applications to study at the University of Oxford open in early September each year and close at 6pm (UK time) on 15 October. In order to be eligible for consideration, you must ensure you submit your application through UCAS by this date. The Oxford University Admissions website gives full details on how to apply to study here. 

When completing your UCAS application, use the institution code O33 to select Oxford University, and the course code for your chosen degree course. The campus code for New College is G

Key dates
Early September UCAS opens for applications
5 October Registration deadline for LNAT
15 October (6pm UK time) Deadline for submitting UCAS application and registering for all other admissions tests
23 October (TBC) Acknowledgement email sent by New College
30 October Sit the admissions tests (either at your school/college or an approved test centre)
10 November Deadline for submitting written work
Deadline for international students to request a Skype interview should they be shortlisted
Late November - early December Shortlisting decisions will be sent via email on a subject by subject basis
9 December - 19 December Interview period at Oxford
Early January (TBC) Decisions sent by New College via email
31 January Deadline for requesting feedback

These dates could be subject to change before admissions begins for those applying in September 2019.

Admissions tests

Many of our courses require you to take an admissions test as part of the admissions process. You will need to ensure that you register for your test before 6pm (UK time) on 15 October. You are not automatically registered when you submit your application through UCAS, it is your responsibility to register directly with the relevant testing organisation. It is also your responsibility to ensure you are registered on time, not your school or college.  Details on whether your course requires an admissions test and how to register can be found on the University website

Please note, applicants who are registering for the LNAT must do so by 5 October, and sit the test between 1 September and 20 October. 

Upcoming test dates (excluding LNAT):

  • Wednesday 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Wednesday 3 November 2021
  • Wednesday 2 November 2022

You must sit your admissions test in the year you submit your application. Failure to register and/or attend will significantly impact the competitiveness of your application.

Written Work

Many subjects require candidates to submit written work as a part of their application process. Please make sure you check the application procedure for the course for which you are applying (e.g. History & Economics, rather than just History). If you have any questions, or you are unsure about what is required for your course, please contact the Admissions Office for further guidance on admissions@new.ox.ac.uk. We are happy to answer any concerns you may have about this process.

The University provide an extensive list of what written work is required for each subject, this can be found on the individual web-page for your course. The deadline for submitting written work is 10 November every year.

Please send all written work and signed coversheets as PDF scans, by email, to admissions@new.ox.ac.uk If you cannot submit written work by email, it should be posted to the Admissions Office at New College. 

The work you send must be your original school or college work, marked by a teacher and not re-written or corrected in any way. It can be typed or handwritten, as long as it is legible. You will need to ask your teacher to complete the written work cover sheet, so please ensure you let them know in advance of the 10 November deadline. 

More information regarding written work can be found on the University website.

Interviews

If you are shortlisted, you'll be invited to interviews, either at New College or at another college, in early December. 

During the interview period, you will have the chance to meet and talk to students who are on the course for which you are applying. Interviews are conducted by tutors, and there is a good chance that you will meet tutors who could be teaching you if you are successful. 

Be aware that interviews are entirely academic. Tutors are interested in what kind of person you are, in particular your approach to learning and work, and in your motivations for applying to Oxford, but they will approach these through the medium of setting you difficult problems from your field of study. You should expect that interview problems will be new to you, and take you beyond your work for school qualifications. 

The important thing is to listen carefully to the question you are asked and do your best to grapple with the problem, without getting worried about the fact that you don't know the answer. Quite often, there isn't an 'answer', or if there is, it will be an unexpected one. Remember that a University education at Oxford is given to you by people who are engaged in advanced research, where the 'answers' are always surprising! 

For more information, please see Interviews at Oxford on the University website, where you can also download the Interviews Guide. 

What are Tutors looking for?

Oxford degree courses are based on intensive work during the relatively short terms. Students will be attending a number of lectures, classes, workshops and tutorials each week, and there is an emphases on independent research and study. 

Candidates need to achieve the highest results in their school education, and beyond this you need a demonstrable ability to work accurately and quickly under pressure, to think critically and independently, using both imagination and logic, to focus on tasks set, and, above all, to have a real passion for your field of study. 

We are looking for students with these capabilities, regardless of their background

Feedback

All feedback requests should be made, via email and by the candidate, before 31 January. Feedback will generally be provided after all final decisions have been released and within 20 working days of receipt of the request. Requests submitted before this point will be responded to within 20 working days of the release of final decisions. 

We are not able to provide feedback to parents, guardians, or teachers, nor is it possible for us to provide feedback to successful candidates.