UK universities that regularly rank high in national and global league tables may look like the most appealing to apply to, but they are also the toughest to get into.
Applying to an elite university can be time consuming and challenging, and careful preparation and planning is essential to help you gain admission. As well as tougher entry requirements, there is also much more competition for very limited places.
Applying to the best universities in the UK
When to apply
Application deadlines for elite universities are early in the application cycle, so planning ahead is important. Individual universities may have different deadlines for different courses, so check carefully on the website for your chosen course. By January, many courses will be closed to applications or have already filled their places.
The application process
The best universities in the UK tend to have lengthy application processes, which can seem complicated at first. Make sure you read all the application guidance on their website carefully, and follow all the instructions. There may be specific entry requirements to meet, including essays and proposals, depending on what you are applying for. Don’t forget you’ll also need to prepare your personal statement!
Interviews at the best universities in the UK are much more common, while at Oxford and Cambridge they are required regardless. You will need to be prepared for these and there is little room for error; ensure you are familiar with your personal statement and can back up any claims or qualifications you have mentioned.
Applying with SI-UK
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- Imperial College London
- University College London
- King’s College London
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