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Information on access to the university

marzo 31, 2021

Below, you can find out about the following aspects of the university admission process:

What is the college admissions process?

The university admission process is he process that you must follow to access university studies.

In order to obtain a place in the studies and the desired center, before starting this process it is essential that you comply with the university entrance requirements, that vary depending on the mode of access.

The date of completion of the procedures that make up the admission process will depend on the level of studies to which you want to access and from the university in which you are interested in training. If you want to take a grade, Keep in mind that the procedure generally takes place between June and July. It is recommended, however, that as far in advance as possible You are informed in detail of the calendar established in each university to request access to each of the studies.

Once you know the key dates of the process, if your intention is to join a public university To start a degree, when the term opens you will have to fill in the Application to process the pre-registration. Each autonomous community enables the telematic channels necessary to carry out on-line the single application for admission to any of its public universities. In the pre-registration you must indicate, in order of preference (from highest to lowest preference), What studies do you want to study and in which center do you want to do it?.

In case you want to access a Private universityYou will have to contact the center to find out the phases of the admission process and the additional requirements that they establish for admission (personal interview, content test related to the subject of the degree, etc.).

When and how should I apply for admission?

Each university and autonomous community publishes the admission process calendar and how to carry it out.

Depending on your access route, you will have to present one documentation or another within the established deadlines. Keep in mind that if you want to access the university in an autonomous community other than the one in which you have previously studied or in which you have taken the entrance exams, you may have to follow a different procedure and provide additional documentation.

To perform the pre-registration In any university degree from a public center, two terms are determined: the first, of a Ordinary develops normally in June, and the character extraordinary can develop in July or in September.

In the application you must indicate the degrees you wish to access by preference order.

What do I have to take into account to apply for admission?

Before completing the pre-registration it is important that you reflect on the following aspects:

  • Number of places offered by the university for the studies that interest you.
  • Possibility of pursuing the same or similar studies at other universities and the number of places they offer.
  • Cut note of these studies the previous year.
  • Do you think your admission grade will be enough?
  • In the event that your grade is not enough, what other training options do you have to achieve your goal?

In the website of each university you can find all the information about this process.

Can I apply for different studies simultaneously?

If you have doubts about whether you will be able to access university studies or you are still not sure what you want to study the next year, you can simultaneously carry out the admission process for university studies and for other studies such as a Higher Degree Training Cycle, in order to to guarantee your place.

What are the admission criteria?

Once the university entrance exams have been completed, in the event that there are more applications than places to study a degree or a double degree at a certain public university, the criterion used to decide which students can access is the grade of admission.

In each access route to the university, the admission grade is established in a different way. It can be obtained from your Baccalaureate grade and passing the EBAU (or selectivity), from the average grade of the Higher Degree Training Cycle that you have completed, from the grade for the entrance exam for people over 25 years of age, etc. .

There is percentage of places reserved for each access route to the university. The largest number of places is for those students who have completed the Baccalaureate and the EBAU or a Higher Level Training Cycle.

In addition, a percentage of places is reserved for students who enter through university graduates or equivalent (between 1% and 3%), high-level athletes (at least 3%), people who have passed the entrance test to university for people over 25 years old (at least 2%), people who have passed the university entrance test for people over 45 years old or have taken access for people over 40 years old (between 1% and 3% ) and students with some disability (5%).

Private universities usually establish other admission criteria so, if you are interested, it is essential that you go to the center to know them.

How are places assigned?

The places at each university are awarded starting with the pre-registration of the student with the highest admission grade. That is, places are assigned in order of grade (from highest to lowest) and according to the order of preference indicated by the person in the application. In the grades in which the demand exceeds the supply of places, a waiting list will be created.

In each pre-registration phase there may be two or more assignments of places in which the waiting lists will vary depending on the enrollments that are formalized in each award.

It is important to note that for the extraordinary call places are not reserved, but the places that remain vacant are awarded after the award process of the ordinary call. Therefore, keep in mind that most of the available places will be allocated in the ordinary phase and the chances of accessing the university will be lower in the second call, since the number of places offered will be less.

During the admission process you may find yourself in any of the following circumstances:

  • If in the first allocation of places you have been assigned in the first preference, you must formalize the registration within the established period. Otherwise, you will lose the place.
  • If you have been assigned between the second and the eighth preference, you can wait for the next assignment or accept the assigned place and enroll in the corresponding university.
  • If you have not been assigned in any of your preferences, you can wait for future assignments until the end of the university pre-registration process.

In case you decide to wait for future assignments, you should explicitly communicate to the corresponding body your decision to continue in the registration process. It is important that you be very aware of the appeals that the university or autonomous community that manages the awards is making, since the procedures must be carried out on the dates established in each case.

To consult the admission calendar and carry out all the necessary procedures to formalize the university pre-registration, go to the portal of the Ministry of Education of the autonomous community in which you reside or to the web pages of the universities where you want to train.

The cut-off marks during the admission procedure

During the admission procedure to universities the Cutting notes they are not static, but normally in each allocation of places these notes go decreasing.

Depending on the autonomous community or the universities, the cut-off marks are not made public until the admission process has finished and those marks corresponding to the last award are considered final.

Thus, you must bear in mind that the cut-off marks may vary depending on the call, the assignment and, of course, the year in which you appear for the selectivity.

Can I run out of place?

If you pre-register for studies that are in great demand and your admission grade is not equal to or higher than the cut-off grade, you may run out of place to study.

Keep in mind that in the most demanded studies the places are filled in the first call, so it is very difficult to access in September.

If you find yourself in this situation, do not be discouraged. Remember that you can explore other options, such as taking a Higher Degree Training Cycle related to the subject of the degree in which you were interested or interested, with which you could subsequently access the degree directly, and even validate ECTS credits.

You can also apply to the next EBAU calls to obtain a better admission grade. You can take the complete test, only the general phase or only the specific phase examining some or all of the chosen modality subjects.

In case your grade is lower than the one reached in the first call, you should not worry, since the highest grade obtained is maintained.

Information on the admission process of the different universities

The following table will allow you to access the admission application portal for the public universities of each autonomous community, and also the information provided by all Spanish universities about the process.

Find out about all the university majors that you can study.