Hear from current students who secured their place at Exeter through Clearing.
Emma, English with Study Abroad, Penryn
I applied through Clearing after not meeting the offer of my firm choice university by three marks. With my results being so close, I wasn’t sure whether to resit exams or just keep going. I chose to keep going because resitting exams would feel like going backwards, and I needed some forward movement after being at the same school since year 6.
Although I looked at options before results day, I was still apprehensive about Clearing. During the actual process, talking on the phone was quite tense, but having lots of information written down in front of me really helped. It also helped that after the initial phone call, they emailed with their offers rather than calling back. Securing a place through Clearing felt strangely easy after all of the stress of exams.
Owen, Renewable Energy, Penryn
I ended up in clearing after missing the entry conditions for MEng Energy Engineering. I had an insurance place but didn’t feel I’d be as happy as I would be (and am) at Penryn. I was nervous once I released from my insurance choice but knew I was making the right decision. I found keeping busy during the times I was waiting for a response was useful to remain calm.
I phoned on results day to see whether there were any similar courses I could go to at Penryn, BSc Renewable Energy was available and after a few helpful emails and calls I had a place, I couldn’t be happier! First year has been amazing - I became student rep for my course and took up many interesting opportunities I’d have missed out on if I hadn't gone through clearing.
Jasmine, Hong Kong, BA Liberal Arts, Streatham
I couldn't meet the requirements for my chosen subject in local universities, and I didn’t want to spend 3 years studying a subject I wasn’t utterly passionate about, so I turned to Clearing for more options.
It's normal to be worried because it means you care, just be patient as the Admissions Team handles a high volume of emails and calls. If I could go back and give advice to my younger self, I would tell her not to panic and the wait will be over soon.
I am absolutely loving my university life now and wouldn’t want it any other way.
Rad, LLB, Streatham
As a non-EU applicant, I was not familiar with clearing. I made a last minute decision to study in the UK. It was only then that I found out about the process. I was under a lot of pressure, but I realised the clearing process was rather simple. So I just rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I knew which university and course I wanted and the grades needed to get in. I applied through UCAS and emailed the University of Exeter.
I knew I was in a precarious situation given the extra difficulties faced by non-EU applicants. Hence, I decided to phone the admissions office. As soon as I did, I was offered a place. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Being able to study in the University of Exeter is one of the most gratifying experiences.
Robert, Civil Engineering, Streatham
I ended up at Exeter through clearing having narrowly missed both my firm and backup offers.
I quickly started the clearing process and it was relieving to retake control and be proactive. The people I spoke to on the phone were especially accommodating and welcoming. It was heartening hear their enthusiasm as it reignited the excitement that I'd originally felt at the prospect of university. In a way, securing my place through clearing was almost more satisfying than originally receiving an offer as it was achieved through direct interaction.
Since then, I’ve had an unbelievably enjoyable first year and a wholly positive experience. The most important lesson learned was just to phone, ask and be proactive.
Georgina, BA Liberal Arts with Study Abroad, Streatham
I had already decided that I wanted to change to liberal arts before A Level results day, but when I looked at changing there had been no places. On the morning of results day I called up first thing and luckily for me there was availability through Clearing!
It was easy as the admissions team are friendly and on your side, they really try to help you get where you want to go. There was just a simple application form online and they reassured me that as I had the grade requirements, all should be fine. It can be a stressful experience as there is so much uncertainty, but with this approach I knew exactly where I stood throughout the chaos of results day. It just goes to show how great the student support is at Exeter and why the student satisfaction is so high.
Julia, Medicine, St Luke's
Studying medicine had always been my dream but because of the competitive nature of this course I struggled to secure a place. My application was rejected in March and I was placed on a waiting list. At this point I started rethinking my options and believed that medicine was not destined to happen for me.
In August, I received a call from Exeter University. The lady explained to me that there was place for me if I still wanted it. That phone call literally changed the pathway of my life. It was one of the happiest moments ever. Now I am about to finish the first year of my medical degree. If I can give students in the same situation as me a year ago any advice, it would be this: clearing is absolutely worth the wait!
Emily, BSc Business (alternative offer), Penryn
At the Penryn Campus, I was able to stand out on the BSc Business degree, and managed to secure a role as a Society President and a Society Secretary. Penryn Campus has a really friendly vibe allowing the interaction with students on many different courses.
Having initially wanted to go to Streatham Campus, I was disappointed. However, when I attended an open day and met Stephen (the course director), he was so enthusiastic about the course and shared so much information about it. This massively appealed to me and I felt as if that I would be well suited to both the course and the campus, I was right.
I have managed to graduate with a First Class Honours degree and have secured a position as an HR analyst at a top American Bank, all thanks to the Penryn Campus.
Isaac, BSc Business (alternative offer), Penryn
I really enjoyed how intimate the course was, in the sense we got so much time to engage with our lecturers and peers – and there was freedom to really explore your areas of interest. The best highlights for me though, were the location, the people and the programme’s focus on sustainability. I couldn’t choose just one!
I chose this campus because I was happy to explore the location, as it was different from anything I was used to. Also, I appreciated the BSc Business degree’s focus on sustainability because that’s a big part of the future of business.
[The Penryn Campus is] an amazing space with an internationally diverse community.
Olly, BSc Business (alternative offer), Penryn
It’s been three of the best years of my life studying at the University of Exeter in Cornwall and I am more than happy to announce that I will be graduating with a high 1:1 in BSc Business. I can’t thank my friends and lecturers enough and am looking forward to exploring the next chapter in my life!
Angus, BA Liberal Arts, Streatham
Missing my offer by one grade was initially stressful, but phoning Exeter admissions was a relief. Having not met the required grades for History and International Relations, Exeter still had options for me.
I phoned up admissions and asked if they had space on their Liberal Arts programme, a course that had a lot to offer and that I had researched beforehand. This is a flexible course allowing me to take various subjects including a language. Fortunately, I was enrolled on that course and having been up early on results day, I could then relax. Later, in the afternoon, I received a call from the director of Liberal Arts, reaffirming that I had made the right decision to start at Exeter in September. The direct contact with staff at Exeter was reassuring and their enthusiasm transformed the process from one of stress to excitement.
If you are determined to study at Exeter, it is important to have an idea of other course options, so that you can call admissions on the day of clearing.
Becca, BA Liberal Arts, Streatham
Before results day, I had a feeling that I had missed my grades but was adamant that Exeter was the university for me. I did a lot of research about courses that were likely to be in clearing and available to me, making a list so I was prepared on results day. The day arrived and my results didn’t match the required grades, so I applied for Liberal Arts through clearing.
Luckily, I felt entirely supported throughout the whole process as I was able to speak to people about the course over the phone before I applied (via an online form) and the head of the department called me the next day to ask if I had any questions or concerns about my new degree course, leaving me with an e-mail address so I could contact him with further questions. It was then that I knew that I had done the right thing turning down my insurance choice to pursue a degree at Exeter as, what could have been hugely stressful setback, was actually an easy and personable experience.
Callum, BSc Computer Science, Streatham
I felt rather lost when I found out I was in clearing. I had been planning for the past year that my life was going one way, so it was quite a shock to have it change, especially as fast as it did. I hadn’t thought about clearing options as I had meant to get into my first choice rather comfortably. I had very briefly considered Exeter during the application process but I chose not to apply, so this meant Exeter was one of the first universities I tried ringing.
I was incredibly nervous and quite panic-y for most of the day, but the person I spoke to from admissions was lovely. She calmed me down and reminded me how good my results were in perspective as well as how proud my parents were of me even though I wasn’t. I accepted the offer and I have loved Exeter, it was scary because I had only been once before, but I’m really happy here.
Rhianna, Neuroscience, St Luke's
I applied using Exeter clearing when my original plan to do medicine fell through as I didn’t achieve the grades I wanted. I moved sixth form and was going through a rough patch at the time which resulted in me getting lower than the grades that I needed. I knew I was better than the grades given and I knew how enthusiastic I was about the medical field. So on results day I rang up Exeter to see if there was anyway I could do a degree surrounding medicine. Thankfully they offered me a place on the new neuroscience course.
Since being in Exeter I have flourished as a person and a student. I’d been given the chance to excel in what I love and it all paid off, I finished my first year with a first. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities that the trust of Exeter has given me.
Basilla, Hong Kong, BSc Accounting and Finance (Adjustment), Streatham
I went through Adjustment since my final grades exceeded the condition of my firm choice. I felt both my firm and insurance choices wouldn’t be ideal for me as I was playing too safe in UCAS.
Adjustment was as tough as Clearing, because meeting the entry requirements does not guarantee enrolment due to vacancy constraints. I felt upset as the first two universities I reached out to were filled up and they were my top picks. I contacted the University of Exeter, thinking I would get another rejection, but it turned out that they accepted my application! I once doubted if Exeter was my ideal university, but after spending a year in Exeter, I had one of the best years I’ve experienced! It is such a friendly uni and students are able to get plenty of support.
It’s normal to be disappointed when you got rejected. But rather thinking that you did not get into what you want, try thinking that Clearing and Adjustment allocate you to what really suits you. Do not give up as there are still plenty of options waiting for you to explore!
Clearing is not just for people who have been rejected or have rejected their offers - anyone who applies to UCAS from early July to late August/early September can use Clearing. I already had my results when I applied through Clearing last August.
I called clearing hotlines to ask about vacancies. The Admissions staff from Exeter told me to make an online application and I was able to complete this quickly - I had to wait till the end of the day to get an offer.
I managed to get accommodation on campus and have now finished my first year. I got a high First and a Dean’s Commendation this year so things have gone well. If you're thinking of going through Clearing, I would recommend being careful with your choices but apart from that my advice is: go for it!