We make things as easy for you as possible, so you can get on with the important business of planning your Essex experience.
From starting your application, to visiting us if you can, finding out more and confirming your place, we will support you at every stage.
Thinking of studying at Essex?
See our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance for applicants for information about applying to Essex and starting your course.
If you're interested in starting your studies with us in 2020 you can apply through Clearing. You can find out more about what Clearing is and how it applies to you here, or if you already know you want to apply through Clearing you can use our web form.
If you're looking to start with us in 2021, applications can be made either via UCAS or our Direct Admissions form. If you are applying to other institutions or already have a UCAS application you will not be able to use our Direct Admissions form.
Once we receive your application it is considered by our Admissions Team. When making a decision on your application, we take into account your whole application - including your qualifications, personal statement and reference.
If you applied through UCAS, your UCAS Track will officially inform you when a decision has been made on your application. You'll also receive information from us if we make you an offer. Once you've received a decision from all your choices, UCAS will ask you to accept one offer as your firm (first) choice and one offer as your insurance (second) choice via UCAS Track.
If you applied via our Direct Admissions form you will receive all the information you need from us if we make you an offer via your myEssex applicant portal. You will need to follow the instructions provided in your offer letter to accept your offer.
Here at Essex we are committed to offering a transformative education to as many applicants as possible. Our Flexible Offer means that eligible applicants could receive a dual offer. This means that if you choose Essex as your firm choice, you are guaranteed to have your place confirmed should you meet the Flexible Offer stipulated in your offer letter.
A Flexible Offer will specify alternative entry requirements to those published in our prospectus and online, meaning that if your grades aren’t what you hoped for when you receive your results, you could still secure a place with us.
More information about eligibility and which courses have flexible offers is available in this document.
If you're based in the UK, we'll invite you to an Applicant Day, which may include an interview (depending on your subject). This gives you the chance to meet members of staff and students, and have a look around the University. If you're not resident in the UK but would like to visit our campuses, we would love to show you around. Alternatively, you can take a look online at our 360° campus tours.
If your offer is conditional and you go on to meet the conditions specified in the offer, we'll confirm your place if you have accepted us as your firm or insurance choice. If your results don't quite meet the conditions, we may still confirm your place, but this depends on the results and the availability of places. If you don't meet the conditions of your offer and don't secure a place on your chosen course, you may be offered a Foundation option. Our decision is usually made within a few days, once we have received all the information we need, and you'll be notified by UCAS (if you applied through UCAS) and in your myEssex applicant portal.
The Undergraduate Admissions Feedback Policy provides information on how to request feedback if your undergraduate application is unsuccessful. Please note that feedback is not available for all undergraduate courses, and this is explained within the Policy.