EU-Scrolling Explained

The scrolling system for the results of the exam can be quite confusing. In this article I want to establish all of the facts about the scrolling system and debunk some commonly misunderstood ideas.

This article, while still touching on Non-EU issues, will focus on scrolling for EU candidates. You can check out this article for a better grasp on the Non-EU side of things.

First of all lets understand what each status means when it comes to the ranking.

IMAT Scrolling - explanation of terms used to give candidates awaiting exam feedback

This is the “official” list of definitions that are given when the EU ranking is first released. However certain things still need clarification.

When you are ASSIGNED to a university, it means that you have been given an offer from your highest possible choice university. It means that there are no longer any seats available in any of your higher choice universities as candidates above you in the ranking have all accepted and enrolled into their offer.

Let’s try to clarify this with an example: If I have Sapienza as my 1st choice, and Tor Vergata as my 2nd choice, but every single seat available for Sapienza has been enrolled into by higher ranking candidates, I become ASSIGNED to Tor Vergata. As long as there is still 1 seat remaining in Sapienza that hasn’t been filled by an enrolled student, I will not become assigned to Tor Vergata. I will remain BOOKED into Tor Vergata, and remain BOOKED for subsequent rounds until every single Sapienza seat is filled. This follows through all the way down to your last choice; if there are no remaining seats in one of your higher choice universities you become assigned even if it was your 8th or 9th choice.

When you are BOOKED into a university, it means that you have received an offer from a university that isn’t your highest possible choice, but given your score the most competitive one possible. There are still unassigned seats remaining in one of your higher choice universities. Following the same example from above: Imagine my score is 45 with Sapienza as my 1st choice, and Tor Vergata as my 2nd choice. Currently the 35th candidate (of the ones who have Sapienza as a first choice) to be offered a seat has a score of 45.1, but the 20th candidate who has TV as a choice is 44.9. I am BOOKED into Tor Vergata, as my current score is competitive enough to receive an offer from Tor Vergata but only slightly below that needed for Sapienza. I now have 2 options.

1. I enrol and accept my seat that I have been BOOKED into.
2. Wait in case a candidate ranking above me who has been offered a seat in Sapienza renounces it, allowing me to receive an offer in the next round.

YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR SEAT IN YOUR BOOKED UNIVERSITY IF YOU CHOOSE TO WAIT FOR A HIGHER CHOICE.

You can wait for weeks and even months with a BOOKED status for a seat from a higher choice university to open up. However, if you become assigned while waiting you will only have 1 week to accept your offer before you lose it to another candidate below you in the ranking.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS TO CONTINUE CONFIRMING YOUR INTEREST IN THE NEXT ROUND, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE SKIPPED DURING THE SCROLLING. This is just a button you need to press when you log-in to your reserved area on Universitaly.

IMAT Scrolling - Confirmation page of scrolling process   IMAT Scrolling - Confirmation page of scrolling process

If your score is not high enough to receive an offer from any of your universities this doesn’t mean you should lose hope, especially as an EU student. The scrolling for EU students continue for months (2016 scrolling lasted until March 2017) with every week a new round offering seats to new students. In 2016 there were just under 200 seats being offered to the top 200 ranking candidates, however the last person to get a seat in March of 2017 was 825th on the ranking. This means that over 600 candidates gave up their seats over a couple of months.

So why does this happen? (Part 2)