Information for undergraduate offer holders
Congratulations to all those who have received an offer to study at New College in the latest admissions round, this is fantastic achievement! We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the College and hope you will make the most of your time here.
Over the next few months, we understand you may have a few questions about what happens next, how to arrange accommodation, and when you might receive more information. We’ve provided a brief overview to the most pressing questions below, but please do get in touch if you are still unsure about anything.
I’ve received confirmation of my offer via email, when will my offer letter arrive in the post?
Where possible, we try to save some trees, and so only send confirmation of your offer via email.
I’m unsure about the conditions of my offer, can I check these with anyone?
Yes! Please get in touch with the Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org), we’re more than happy to explain the conditions of your offer.
I’ve been asked to obtain an English language qualification, how can I find out more? *COVID-19 UPDATE*
In the first instance, please read the University’s guidance offered here. This will explain the different English language qualifications we accept. You will need to ensure you send this qualification to us no later than 31 July, so please ensure you are prepared. For qualifications like IELTS or TOEFL, test centres can be booked up quickly, so make sure you book your place as soon as possible. Your results must be released by our deadline, so do not book a test if the results will be released after 31 July.
Update: In recognition of the restrictions in place due to Covid-19, there have been some adaptations to our English Language requirements. Please see the undergraduate information section on Oxford's dedicated Covid-19 offer holder guidance webpage.
I’ve been asked to provide certified copies of my achieved qualifications, how do I do this? *COVID-19 UPDATE*
Students who have already/partially met the conditions of their offer will be asked to send certified copies of these qualifications to the Admissions Office by 01 March 2020. Our first preference is for certification to be sent in by your school via email to email@example.com, copying you (the offer holder) into the email. The scanned certificates should be certified copies of the originals, signed and dated by your school exam office or UCAS referee, with a school stamp. If this is not possible, to meet our verification requirements, please follow the UK Government’s guidance on how to certify a document here. Certified copies should then be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We prefer not to receive original certificates where at all possible, as this carries the risk of your certificates being lost or damaged in the post. If you are having difficulties in certifying your qualifications in the required manner, please contact Suzie at email@example.com well in advance of the March deadline.
Update: Staff are almost entirely working from home due to Covid-19 related government guidance, so please avoid sending certified copies via post where at all possible. If you believe you have no other option than to send your documents via post, please first email Suzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NEW* I am worried about the impact coronavirus will have on my forthcoming studies at Oxford. What advice can you give me?
We are very mindful that you may be experiencing great stress in these difficult times. As a College, we will be following the guidance of the central university. The university's current position, and responses to frequently asked questions, can be found on Oxford's dedicated Covid-19 offer holder guidance webpage, which is being regularly updated to reflect the latest relevant information.
University-level information will, we hope, be useful, but as a College, we also want to support you as individuals. If you have particular concerns about your specific situation, we will do our best to help. In the first instance, please get in touch with Suzie at email@example.com.
A letter from the Tutor for Admissions with regards to coronavirus was sent to all New College undergraduate offer holders at the start of June; please contact Suzie at firstname.lastname@example.org you did not receive this.
Is there any paperwork I need to complete?
Before you arrive we will ask you to complete a Financial Declaration Form and to sign our Student Contract. This lets us know how you plan to pay your tuition fees (e.g. student finance) and that you agree to the terms of being a New College student. This information is normally sent out in the spring before you arrive.
Since submitting my application, I’ve experienced extenuating circumstances which may affect my exam performance; how do I tell New College? *COVID-19 Update*
We want to know if anything has happened that may affect your performance in your final school exams, so we can ensure we have all of the relevant information before making final decisions. Your school should let us know at the earliest convenience and no later than 1 August 2020.
Update: As nearly all offer holders will be affected by coronavirus, the pandemic alone is not a reason to submit an extenuating circumstances form. Please get in touch if you are unsure as to whether or not you might need to complete an Extenuating Circumstances Form with the support of your school.
How do I apply for accommodation?
You do not need to apply for accommodation at New College. All first year students are housed in College and rooms are allocated during the summer before you arrive. You will find out which room you have been allocated when you arrive in October. For more information about accommodation, please see our accommodation section here.
I’m worried about the cost of studying at Oxford, where can I find out more about funding opportunities?
We will also contact you soon after you’ve received your offer to tell you more about fees and funding opportunities. It’s important to read this information carefully so you don’t miss out on any of the scholarships offered by the University. Find out more here.
New College also has various funds available to support our students, including hardship funds, travel and study grants, and academic prizes. And for those who enjoy a good deal - we’ve put our top tips together on how to save money and access students discounts during your time at university. Find out more here.
When will I find out more about Freshers’ Week?
We will send out more information about Freshers’ Week shortly after A level results have been published in August.
Where can I find out more about student life at New College?
We hope you make the most of your time at New College, either by joining one of our student-led societies, or by making the most of our central location to participate fully in University life. Find out more about the various interests of our current New College students here.
My course involves studying in the EU and I’m worried about the impact of Brexit.
Please read the University’s guidance concerning Brexit here.