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You've got your exam results. What next?

Clearing 2014: The University of Cambridge has NO COURSE VACANCIES through Clearing. Further information about Clearing is available from the UCAS website:

Adjustment Applications: The University of Cambridge will not be considering any applications as part of the adjustment period. If your examination results are better than expected and you would now like to try for a place at Cambridge, you will need to apply as part of the next application round (see Applying for 2015 below).

If you are holding a conditional offer of a place at a University of Cambridge College and

  • You have met or exceeded all the conditions of your offer (including the grades required), congratulations! You don’t need to do anything. Your College will already have been told your A Level (or equivalent) results, and your place has been automatically confirmed. You will receive a letter from the College and from UCAS in a few days. Please do not phone the College at this busy time. In the meantime, take a look at the information for new undergraduate students.

  • You have not quite met the offer, please don’t panic! Depending on the number of students who have met their offers, there may be a few spaces available at the College you applied to or at another College. Please be patient for a little longer - your College will contact you as soon as possible. Please check the status of your application on UCAS Track ( which will be updated as soon as possible once a final decision is made rather than telephoning the College/University at this busy time.

  • Your grades are substantially lower than those required by your offer, hopefully you will have made the grades for your insurance offer. Unless there are special circumstances to consider, your application to Cambridge will have been unsuccessful. You will receive a letter from UCAS stating this so that you can take up your insurance place (if you meet the conditions for that place) or enter Clearing.

  • You have not received all of your results, please don’t panic! We know that sometimes there are processing problems and the College will already be aware that you are missing a particular result. Please contact your College as soon as you have received your missing results. Normally we have to make decisions on all conditional offers by 31 August. After that date decisions on whether or not to accept applicants are at the discretion of the College.

If you have not applied to the University of Cambridge: We do not consider any new applicants at this stage for entry in 2014 or for deferred entry in 2015 through Clearing. If your examination results are better than you expected and you wish to try for a place at Cambridge, you’ll need to apply by 15 October 2014 for entry in 2015 or deferred entry in 2016 (see below).

Applying for 2015: New applications for 2015 entry can be made to UCAS from early September 2014. The closing date for 2015 entry (or deferred entry to 2016) is 15 October 2014. The mature Colleges (Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund’s and Wolfson), however, will consider applications submitted after this date from certain categories of mature applicants if places are still available. You should consult the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus and website for more information.

Taking a gap year: If you are making the difficult decision as to whether to take a gap year and apply to Cambridge as a post-A Level applicant for 2016 entry, please note that the University welcomes post-A Level applications. We advise you to talk to your school/college, Careers/Connexions office or University/College admissions staff.

College open days: For those considering applying to the University for 2015 entry, some Colleges are holding College open days in September. Please note that advanced booking may be required for these events.

For further information about the University of Cambridge, the courses on offer and the application process, please look at our undergraduate admissions pages. Alternatively, contact the Cambridge Admissions Office on 01223 333308 or