Did you receive an unconditional offer from one of your university choices? Or, do you know how you would react if you were to receive one? Unconditional offers are powerful things. They can be crafty temptations, often holding the influence to actually make you believe you’re in love with a university that you weren’t too fussed about to start with. They have the power to sway you into not following your gut when it comes to which university is truly for you, and they have the power to demotivate you for your A-level or IB exams.
This isn’t to say unconditional offers are all bad, of course. Sometimes, you may receive an unconditional offer from the university that really was your top choice (my favourite, the University of Bath, don't make unconditional offers unless you've already achieved your grades!), in which case; great! The important thing isn’t to immediately jump at or neglect an unconditional offer, but to understand what it truly represents and whether that university is the right fit for you (regardless of what they are offering you!).
See the video below for my experience with receiving an unconditional offer when I applied for university...
Why are unconditional offers good?
- If the offer is received from your top choice of university then you’re guaranteed a place where you want to be!
- It relieves exam stress
- It gives you direction for where you will be in September/October
- It can be useful when deciding between two universities that you love
Why should you be cautious?
- If the offer isn’t received from your top choice university, then you shouldn’t firm it just because it’s an easier road to the destination
- It could cause you to slack and perform more poorly in your exams than you otherwise would have
- Sometimes there are conditions attached to unconditional offers and these may not always be in your best interests
- Your top choice university may not even give out unconditional offers, like Bath, in which case... if you truly love a university with this policy then you need to be prepared to turn down any unconditional offers from other options
And don’t forget, just because you put that university as an insurance choice instead of a firm, doesn’t mean the entire offer goes away! It just means you’ll have to meet their original grade requirements, which with hard work and determination, you will.
Choose the university that is the right fit for YOU!