Why do the UCAS application alone when Across the Pond can help you?

Filling out the UCAS Application as an American Student

Did you know that only around 40% of American students who apply to British universities through the Universities and Colleges Application System, otherwise known as UCAS, are successful at navigating that process by themselves and end the process accepting an offer of a place?

The reasons for this statistic vary. Some students find the application miserably complicated; others unknowingly apply to universities beyond their academic ability and end up without offers. Others are daunted by the process at the very outset and never proceed. It is discouraging, especially when the goal to study in the UK is such an admirable and worthwhile pursuit, offering amazing benefits and advantages.

Across the Pond deeply believes in the value of studying abroad and an international education, especially at universities in the United Kingdom, which consistently rank as some of the best education in the world. A key component of the free service we provide is to help with the UCAS application, and we are proud to boast a high rate of application success. Almost every student we work with receives multiple offers from leading British universities. How does this happen? 

It all boils down to our focus on providing each student with customized, personal, one-to-one advice.  



We start by taking a survey of each student’s grades and test scores. Based on that information, we guide students to a selection of our partner universities where they have a good chance of application success. We know the UCAS application limits students to just five universities and/or programs, so no choice should be wasted. By helping students identify where their chances of success are high or within reach in the first place, the majority of Across the Pond students end up entertaining more than just one offer.

Did you also know that some institutions insist on certain AP classes for acceptance to some programs – even if your school did not offer those AP classes and you had no way to take them? In other words, you would automatically be rejected from that program and have used one of your five options, no matter how good your grades were. Across the Pond can help you avoid that pitfall.



We also support each student as they write their personal statement, ensuring it is tailored and appropriate for a British audience. The American approach to a statement of intent is much different from what a British admissions board hopes to receive. We help students communicate their goals in a direct, academic manner that also serves to boost their chances of success and make them more attractive candidates. For example, did you know that listing too many achievements outside of school could make you seem unfocused, like you are not passionate enough about the academic area you want to pursue? There are many potential pitfalls, and we will help ensure your statement is appropriate and written with the correct audience in mind.



Which teacher or professor should write your letter of recommendation, and what should it include? Did you know there is a good and a bad way to make your request? Asking for this favor appropriately could result in a fantastic letter, whereas otherwise it could weaken your overall application. The reference letter is like the glue that holds all the pieces of the application together. You want your letter to be strong. Our guidance will help you make the best choice possible.



Can’t wait to get started?  Across the Pond offers you a free service to navigate this tricky but important first step into a British university with ease and confidence. The January 31st UCAS deadline does not pertain to international students, so there is still time to get your application in! We strongly recommend that you sign up via the form on this page for your own personal advisor today who will guide you through the whole process and work with you on your application.

However, if you just want to get started right now, you can always enter our UCAS BUZZWORD – acrossthepondusa2024 – when UCAS asks you for this in the registration process. You will then be linked to us, and we can start working on your application together.  We recommend getting in touch with an advisor first though, so we can work through the process correctly. 

Not sure how to accept or decline an offer?  Not sure what it means when you are eligible for UCAS Extra or UCAS Clearing?  Not to worry.  Your personal advisor will help you with this, too!



Possibly one of the harder sections of the UCAS application, the Education section consistently causes the most confusion for the students we assist. Most questions stem from how to accurately input ACT, SAT, or AP test scores, along with credits from community college. Another source of confusion is the use of British English as opposed to American English. What is a “module”?  What does UCAS mean when it asks for a “qualification”? And is my qualification “below honours”? Your personal advisor speaks British English and can help you fill this section out accurately! 

Why do the UCAS application alone when Across the Pond can help you do it more quickly, more accurately, and with much less stress? To request help with the UCAS application, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one. We promise you will hear from us within two business days or less.

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