How many universities can I apply through UCAS at one time? 

Updated on: Aug 23, 2023

In the UK, you can apply to a maximum of five colleges or programmes at once using UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). This restriction is true whether you're submitting applications for similar courses at different universities or different courses at the same university. You only have access to these five chances, therefore it's crucial to thoroughly analyse your options before submitting your UCAS application. 

This cap encourages students to select wisely and refrain from overcommitting during the application process. Make sure your selections fit with your academic and professional objectives if you're applying to more than one programme or university. You should also make sure you've done enough research on each programme and institution to be able to make an informed choice.

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