Questions about late applications

It's best to get your application in on time, but some universities have courses and programmes available for late application. Check out our information on late applications - then check to see if your question is listed here.

Find out more about applying after the deadline

Common questions

If a university reviews your late application and offers you a place, you'll receive an email from University Admissions and a new admissions notification.

Most often, you'll also hear directly from the university if they have reviewed your application.

Please note that in some cases, you may not hear from the university until after the semester has started.

Yes, late applications are prioritised by the date that they're received. This means that if the university decides to award places to late applicants, they'll start with the first late application they received, then the second, and so on. Only applicants who are qualified for the course or programme and who have submitted a completed application will be considered.

Universities will review late applications at their discretion and only if there are places available after selection.

Yes, you may have a chance. While a late application is considered if there are places available after selection, it all depends on which course or programme you applied to and the individual university offering the course. 

In general, in order to be offered a place as a late applicant, people who were offered a place will have to decline it and all the people on the waiting list will have to indicate they aren't interested in any places that become available. Only after that do universities begin to consider late applications.

Because of all the factors involved, it's impossible for us to say what your chances are. 

Your application is considered late if:

  • you apply for courses and programmes after the application deadline
  • you submit your supporting documentation after the deadline for submitting documents
  • you submit your application fee (if required) after the deadline.

If there are places available after the selection process, you may still have a chance to be offered admission. Individual universities themselves decide how they want to handle late documents.

Key dates and deadlines

You can always submit a late application. The courses and programmes that are open for a late application will have a 'Select' button next to them when you do a search.

Please be aware that it's up to the university to decide if they wish to consider any late applications. It's impossible to say what your chances are as a late applicant. It depends on the popularity of the programme and how many accepted students and then applicants on the waiting list decline their place - if any do.

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