What are the most common questions that students ask UCAS?


The question "How should I end my personal statement?" is one of the most popular being asked via the UCAS website.

The university admissions service has published a list of the top questions users of its site have asked.

The top two questions cover the UCAS application deadlines (490,000 hits) and finding universities which offer specific courses (301,000 hits). 

However, the third most common question, asked 220,000 times, was focused on ending a personal statement. Those asking this are told: “Try to end it with a positive statement – it could highlight your interest in the course or explain how you think you will benefit from higher education. However you choose to end your personal statement, it is your final chance to impress.”

Another popular question was “Can I apply late?”, asked 140,000 times. Those asking this are told: “You can submit a late application up until June 30, but the institutions would be under no obligation to consider you.”

Other questions to UCAS in the top 10 include:

  • How many UCAS tariff points does my qualification have? (203,000 hits)

  • Can my personal statement be more than 4,000 characters? (120,000 hits)

  • What is the UCAS tariff/how do I work out my UCAS points? (107,000 hits)

  • Can I substitute a university choice? (91,000 hits)

The website uses keywords to direct users to the most relevant questions. Visit www.ucas.com


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