After you have applied

Once we have received your application you will receive an email acknowledgement. This email will include your unique LSE ID number as well as details of how to contact us if necessary. Your application will then be passed to the Selectors for assessment.

Your application will only be considered for the programme, year and point of entry stated on your application form. If you have accidentally chosen the incorrect year, point of entry or programme you should contact the Undergraduate Admissions team at LSE and UCAS immediately. You cannot amend your application once a decision has been made.

General Information

The School makes admissions decisions based solely on the information presented on the UCAS application form. We will not consider any additional academic references, examples of academic work, testimonials or other supporting documents.

Make a note of your LSE ID number and use it when checking your status and in all correspondence with the Undergraduate Admissions office, including by telephone.

Important note - you should also inform us of any changes to your contact details, qualification information or subject combination immediately. Find out how to contact us.

Tracking your application

As soon as a final decision has been made on your application, we will notify you via UCAS. To see the the current status of your application, sign in to your UCAS Hub – this information is linked directly to our computer system. What you see here is the same information we hold centrally. If you need to update your personal details, such as your address, telephone number or email address, you should update your details via UCAS and contact Undergraduate Admissions to notify us of the change.

You can find out how to contact the Undergraduate Admissions team here.

Please note: all of your personal data is kept confidential, and we are not able to discuss your application with any third party unless specifically nominated by you on your UCAS application form.

Decision making

LSE receives a high volume of applications each year for a limited number of spaces. The level of competition and high attainment level of our applicants means that achieving, or being predicted to achieve, our usual standard offer grades does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made. Every year we unfortunately have to disappoint many applicants. 

Each application is carefully considered by our Undergraduate Selectors before a final decision is made, taking into account the full range of information presented on the UCAS form. This includes the Personal Statement, academic achievement (both achieved and predicted grades), subject combinations, contextual information and the UCAS reference

All decisions on on-time applications (those received by 25 January 2023) will be made and communicated no later than 18 May 2023.

If there are circumstances or events that may have an impact on decision processing times, we will inform students by email. 

Changing programme 

Any offer of admission that the School issues to you is only valid for the specific programme for which it is made. Where an applicant has applied to multiple programmes, they will only be eligible to receive one offer. It is not LSE policy to make more than one offer to applicants in the same admissions cycle.

You can only request a programme substitution if one of the following conditions applies:

  • you have not yet received a decision from LSE (in which case it is a relatively straightforward substitution of one programme for another)
  • you have been unsuccessful on the programme to which you originally applied BUT you have not used all your five programme choices (in which case it is an additional programme choice)

Please note, however, that it is not possible for us to re-consider your application in the same admissions cycle for a programme for which you have already been unsuccessful that year. Neither is it possible for you to make a substitution if you have already been rejected by LSE for your original programme choice and you have used all your five programme choices.

If you satisfy the above criteria you should submit your application via UCAS before 26 January 2022 and your application will be considered alongside all other on-time applicants for that programme. If your request to change programme arrives after 26 January 2022, your application will be classed as late. Once this programme change has been made and a decision issued, you cannot then revert back again to your original choice.

Deferring your application

Applicants who apply for entry in the coming year but who want to amend their application to deferred entry may request this change via UCAS or LSE up to 25 January 2023. If you defer your intended start date via UCAS, please also inform the Undergraduate Admissions team.

After 25 January 2023, requests to defer can only be made to LSE. If you do wish to defer after the deadline, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office. 

If you wish to defer your entry, you will need to submit a written request (an email will suffice) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by the deadline.

Reporting extenuating circumstances

It is important that you let us know about any relevant extenuating circumstances prior to us making a decision on your application, as it helps us to Selector to assess your performance in the context of any adverse circumstances you have faced. If extenuating circumstances have affected your previous grades, or may affect your forthcoming examinations, please follow the instrcutions found here

For 2023 entry, we can only consider information regarding extenuating circumstances which has been sent to us by 30 June 2023 for applicants studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and 31 July 2023 for all other qualifications.

Changes to your application information

Any changes to your personal information while your application is under consideration should be made via UCAS, although you may wish to inform us as well. 

If your school wishes to amend the grades they have predicted for you, they should contact Undergraduate Admissions with an explanation for the change. We must receive this information prior to making a final decision on your application. Changes to predicted grades after a final decision has been made will not be accepted.

If you wish to drop one of your subjects, change one of your subjects, or take up a new subject after you have submitted your application, you should contact the Undergraduate Admissions team immediately for further guidance.  

Contact Undergraduate Admissions