St Hilda's College

Current Applicant Information

This page is for applicants who have applied for 2024 entry or deferred 2025 entry. This webpage is updated frequently, so please make sure you refer back to it.

Have a question? Make sure you check through this page and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage first. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email the Admissions Office, clearly stating your full name and UCAS ID (no spaces or dashes).

Below we have put together some helpful and useful information for you.

Written Work

The deadline for submitting written work has now passed. We won't be accepting further submissions.

What happens next?

Applicants will be notified by email if they have, or have not, been invited to interview, from mid-November until early December, normally no later than a week before their first interview. The below table will be updated when notifications regarding interviews have been sent out for that subject to candidates. Please do not email the Admissions Office to ask if invitation have been sent for your subject; please refer to the below table instead. Please note all interviews will be held online.

Subject Interview Invitation Status
Ancient and Modern History Sent
Biochemistry Sent
Biology Sent
Biomedical Sciences Sent
Chemistry Sent
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Sent
Classics and Joint Schools Sent
Computer Science and Joint Schools Sent
Economics and Management Sent
Engineering Science Sent
English Sent
English and Modern Languages Sent
European and Middle Eastern Languages Sent
Geography Sent
History and Joint Schools Sent
Law/Law with Law Studies in Europe Sent
Mathematics and Joint Schools Sent
Medicine Sent
Modern Languages Sent
Modern Languages and Linguistics Sent
Music Sent
Philosophy and Modern Languages Sent
Physics and Joint Schools Sent
PPE Sent
Psychology, Experimental Sent
Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics Sent
Invitations to interview

The invitation to interview email will contain a link to the interview reply form. You need to complete this within 24 hours. This provides us with information that helps us to create the interview timetable. For example, it will ask which time zone you are going to be in during the interview window for your subject.

If there is an extremely good reason that you are unavailable for some of the interview window, for example if you're undertaking compulsory military service, have formal exams, or you have scheduled hospital treatment, please tell us on the form and we will do our best to work around it. We are unable to work around social engagements or travel plans.

If shortlisted for interview, you will then receive, no later than 24 hours before the interview, Teams invite(s) which include the exact time and date of your interview(s).

Please read this Teams invite carefully as it may provide further information about pre-reading, or links to a Miro board.  We will then send you an email letting you know how many Teams invites you should have just received, plus instructions on what to do if you've not received one or all of the expected Teams invitations.

If you are in the time period between filling out the interview reply form, but it's not yet 24 hours before the interview window starts, please don't contact us asking where your Teams invite(s) are. That will just slow things down.

If you've been notified that you are being invited for interview but haven't received a Teams invite 24 hours before your subject's interview window starts please first check your spam folder and then get in touch by emailing the Admissions Office including your UCAS number and the subject applied for.

Before pressing 'accept' on your interview invite you may wish to take a copy of the details. Email clients do sometimes hide the email once you've accepted the meeting.

A few email clients, such as icloud, don't allow you to 'accept' Teams invites. That's not a problem. You don't need to email us to tell us this. If there is a problem with your invitation please don't just press 'reject.' Please get in touch by emailing the Admissions Office and explain the issue.

You may be invited to participate in another interview at another college; these are called second college interviews. For some subjects, this is arranged in advance, for others this is decided later.

On rare occasions, you may receive your second college interview notification before your interview at St Hilda's College. It is common that interviewees may have their second college interview before their St Hilda's College interview. This is nothing to worry about.

For some courses all interviews will be arranged in advance.  In other courses, there will be an initial block of pre-organised interviews which may then be followed by additional interviews.

Where additional interviews are possible, the interview timetable gives the time by which you will be informed about them, and the days they may occur on.  You should be given at least 24 hours notice of any additional interviews. Please check your email regularly.

If the deadline on the timetable for additional interview notifications has passed, and you've not heard from us or another Oxford College, you can assume that you've not been called for extra interviews.

To help you keep track of deadlines and the admissions process, there is a 2024 entry admissions timeline.

Code of Conduct

If you are shortlisted for interview, it is important that you recognise that in accepting your invitation to interview, you are agreeing to the following code of conduct:

  • I agree not to share in any form the content of interviews with others and including but not limited to candidates or teachers at my school/college or at any another school/college. This includes discussing the content of interviews verbally, as well as disseminating any materials shared in advance of or during interviews (e.g. documents, images, etc.)
  • I agree not to research online any materials shared with me as part of a pre-interview task (unless explicitly permitted to do so by the interviewers).
  • I agree not to record interviews (in either audio or video format), or to permit others (including but not limited to teachers, family members, etc.) to record interviews.
  • I agree to take part in the interview myself and not to ask or allow anyone else to impersonate my identity fraudulently.

Candidates will be at serious risk of having any offer withdrawn if they do not abide by any aspects of this code of conduct.

Contacting the College

We understand that applying to the University can be a stressful time for candidates. However, there is a lot of information available to all candidates on the St Hilda's website and the University website.

Please use the buttons to look through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and related web pages before you contact the College. If you cannot find the answer to your question, you can email the Admissions Office.

We receive a lot of emails between October and February every year. We try our best to respond as quickly as we can, usually within three to five working days. During the end of November and early December, this may take a bit longer. We thank you for your patience during these incredibly busy periods.

Contacting Tutors

It is not appropriate to contact the tutors before or after an interview, asking them questions about your application or for an update.

You do not need to email them thanking them for their time at interview as they are very busy and will not be able to reply to emails. Please refrain from doing so. If you have any questions or comments, please email the Admissions Office.

Disability support

If you have a disability that you have not already disclosed on your UCAS application, or if you have mentioned your situation on UCAS but would like to tell us more, please get in touch.

Please let us know if there are any special arrangements or support that would help you so that we can make any appropriate, reasonable arrangements for you in good time if you are invited to interview.

Mentioning your disability or Specific Learning Difficulty will not affect your application, as admissions decisions are made on the grounds of academic merit. Please note evidence may be required for adjustments to be made.

For disability support, please contact us.

Email Admissions Office


Emails and notifications from St Hilda's

As an applicant, it is your responsibility to check your emails, including your junk folder.

Please make sure you check your emails regularly as you may be invited for another interview at another college at a later stage. If you do not check your emails and miss an interview, it is unlikely that we will be able to reschedule as interviews work on a very tight schedule.

If you change your address or email address, please email the Admissions Office. Once you have done so, please update your UCAS application. Please note, we will not receive an update from UCAS regarding this, so it is imperative that you update the College.

Extra documentation (CVs, certificates, English language certificates etc.)

Please do not send extra documentation to the Admissions Office. Unless you already have a degree from a university, we do not require any certificates, transcripts or other documents at this stage.

If you are offered a place at the University, we will contact you to request any required documents from you, including English language certificates. If you send additional documentation to the Admissions Office, they will not be added to your file at this stage as it is not required.

Please note, you cannot submit more personal statements or extra referee statements. They must all be submitted via UCAS. We do not accept extra statements, CVs, or letters of recommendation.

As the one exception to the above, if you are applying for a second undergraduate degree, please send a copy of the transcript from your first degree to arrive by 10 November. No other references, transcripts, or certificates are required or accepted.



Shortlisted candidates for 2024 entry will be told whether or not their application has been successful on 9 January 2024.

Decisions will be released via UCAS Track early in the morning. This will be followed by direct communication from the college considering your application.


Following the final outcome of your application, feedback requests can only be made via completing our online Feedback form, and can only be requested by the individual applicant.

Feedback on admissions decisions should be requested on or before 15 February in the year after the application was made. Requests received before Wednesday 04 January 2023 will be answered within twenty working days (i.e. twenty days excluding public holidays and weekends) from Wednesday 04 January 2023 .

All other requests will be answered within twenty working days from when the request is received. This is in accordance with the University's feedback policy. Feedback will not be sent to or shared with anyone else apart from the applicant.

Test scores for the LNAT (in February) and BMAT (November) are made available to candidates directly by the relevant test providers. Results for Oxford-only tests: the HAT, MAT, MLAT, and the Philosophy Test, plus the TSA will automatically be sent to all applicants by Oxford University shortly after the decisions are communicated in January (there is no set day for this).

PAT scores will be distributed to all applicants for Materials Science and Engineering Science and to all unsuccessful applicants for Physics and Physics and Philosophy. There will be no test scores sent at all for CAT, ELAT or GAT.

Further information about test scores can be found on the individual admissions test pages. Navigate to the relevant test page, and there is a tab which outlines more about how and when scores are provided.

Writing an email to the Admissions Office

When emailing the Admissions Office, please include your name and UCAS number plus the subject of the degree applied for (eg Physics). A standard format for an email is as follows:

  • UCAS ID:
  • Dear/Hello/Good morning/Good afternoon,
  • [Email message here]
  • Kind regards/Best wishes/Yours sincerely,
  • Your name


Last updated: 3/1/2024 9am