Once an undergraduate applicant receives an offer, they have the opportunity to rank all of our Colleges in order of preference in our UG Applicant Portal. An offer holder can choose to rank one, five or all of our sixteen undergraduate Colleges in order of preference. Or they can choose not to - it's entirely optional.
When will I be invited to rank the Colleges?
You will be invited to rank our colleges if you receive an offer from us.
Is there a deadline to complete the ranking form?
You have until the College allocation process begins, in May, to submit your rankings. If the allocation process has already started, you will have up to 14 days from receiving your offer to complete your rankings. Please note that once the allocation process you will only be able to rank the colleges once.
Can I change my rankings?
Yes, you can submit new rankings up until the point that the allocation process begins. Please note that once the allocation process you will only be able to rank the colleges once.
When will the allocation process begin?
The allocation process will begin in May.
What are the benefits of ranking?
Ranking can increase your chances of being allocated to a preferred college or to a specific accommodation type.
Perhaps you want a fully catered college, or you are looking for a college close to your department. You can improve your chances of being allocated to a college that meets your accommodation requirements by ranking those colleges highest in the list.
For example, if you are certain, you would like self-catered accommodation, you could rank South, John Snow, Josephine Butler, Stephenson and St Cuthbert’s Society as your first five preferences. The allocation process will then try and place you in those colleges first before moving on to others. You can find out more about the facilities on offer at our colleges here.
How will the rankings work?
The college allocation process will seek to place you in your first preference college. If it is unable to do this it will move through your rankings until it is able to allocate you. Any colleges you leave unranked will be randomly sorted in the event that you are unable to be allocated to one of your preferred colleges.
Using this ranking system will enable many more applicants to receive a college allocation that they are happy with.
However, we cannot guarantee to meet any preferences expressed. You can find out more about the allocation process here.
What if I don't complete the ranking form?
If you don't complete the ranking form, you will be assigned a College at random.
Where can I find out more about the allocation process?
You can find out more about the allocation process here.