Parcoursup 2023: what you need to know about your wishes before... and after sending

Until this midnight Thursday, April 6, wishes made in March can be completed.

Parcoursup 2023: what you need to know about your wishes before... and after sending

Until this midnight Thursday, April 6, wishes made in March can be completed. Here's what to keep in mind at this stage of Parcoursup 2023.

It's a new phase that opens this Friday, April 7, 2023: that of waiting, patience and - it must be said - increasing stress, until June 1. On this date, students and high school students will be able to return to the Parcoursup platform to discover the response of training managers to their wishes.

Until this Thursday, April 6, 2023, midnight, there is still time to finalize your files, for each training. Attention to detail! Students must finish filling in their profile (marital status, contacts of legal representatives, scholarship information, sports or artistic activity, etc.). Check everything that is requested, a missing supporting document could have regrettable consequences.

The high school students concerned must also express their motivation for their training projects, an essential element of the procedure which allows the candidate to stand out. These reasoned letters (1,500 characters maximum) are intended to explain why the training interests the candidate, what are their assets and how this training fits into their personal or professional project.

After having made up to 10 wishes, with the possibility of sub-wishes, they must each be motivated, with a whole file to be completed depending on the establishment. It is therefore preferable to choose the targeted training courses carefully, with the help of a precise professional project.

Each of the Parcoursup wishes must be justified by writing a "motivated training project", a kind of cover letter. The objective: to explain in a few lines what motivates the candidate in this training. "It's a personal expression that is expected of you and not a theoretical writing", specifies Parcoursup. It is thus a question of motivating one's wishes in a personalized way, and thus of standing out from the others by highlighting one's strengths. Concretely, in 1,500 characters maximum, the candidate explains why he chooses to retain this training in his wish list, what are his qualities and skills, and how the training articulates well with his past career - professional experiences and personal - and with his future plans.

Good to know: if a high school student or a student in reorientation has a disability or suffers from a disabling health problem, he can fill in a liaison form in his Parcoursup file. It is possible to specify your needs for the start of the school year. Non-compulsory, this form is not sent to the training for the examination of the file.

The new section "Understanding the criteria for analyzing applications" was created on the website for the 2023 edition. It details the access criteria on which the training courses are based, in other words, the criteria from which training courses accept or not a candidate's file. As Jérôme Teillard, Parcoursup project manager at the Ministry of Higher Education, points out, "It's not an algorithm that examines applications, it's the teachers".

It is possible to make up to 10 wishes in total, but also sub-wishes depending on the training. Applicants seeking apprenticeships have an additional 10 wishes for those same apprenticeships. About 7,500 apprenticeship courses are available and for many of them, you can make your wishes throughout the Parcoursup procedure, without a deadline. For high school students, each wish made is the subject of a Future sheet, which will include the assessments of their teachers and the opinion of the head of the establishment following the 2nd class council. They are sent to the universities concerned.

Another advantage of the site: if a candidate is looking for a specific training, the search engine also offers similar training that may potentially interest him. In their list of a maximum of 10 wishes, in no order of preference and without obligation to add a non-selective stream, Parcoursup candidates must explain their motivation for each of the wishes entered. They have for this from mid-January to mid-March.

High school students have the possibility of applying outside the academy: "a few places [are] reserved in the non-selective courses of a university for candidates coming from another academy", specifies AFP. If the student chooses to limit his applications to selective courses or to universities outside his academy, he risks remaining without a proposal and receives a series of messages from the Parcoursup platform to inform him of this.

Finally, the candidate has an additional possibility in his pocket: that of formulating "multiple wishes" (within their 1 to 10 wishes), which are limited to a maximum of 20 sub-wishes. Ex: a computer license requested for all the universities of the academy, and which counts for only one wish, with more chances for the student to obtain the training in the sector of his choice .

Good to know: for IFSIs, institutes in hearing aids, speech therapy and orthoptics, the limit is five wishes per type of training.

For those who have not yet made their choice, the training sheets provide valuable information for each training:

The training sheets are also enriched with a new section, "Know the criteria for analyzing applications". This clearly presents the criteria that the courses will use to analyze and accept applications. It is also specified in the sheets who will analyze the files: teachers, admissions officers... Thanks to all these elements, the candidate has the possibility of comparing the most important criteria between two courses and gauging his chances of success, but also have more in mind the priority arguments to include in your Parcoursup cover letter. You can also find in the advice sheets from the training courses themselves on the recommended courses in high school and how to fill in their application file. What better to anticipate the admission phase, which starts on Thursday, June 1st.

If accepted while waiting for a place, students can follow their progress on the waiting list on a daily basis and assess the likelihood of being admitted to a course. You can only accept one admissions proposal at a time. It is possible to accept an admission proposal (so as not to be left with nothing) and to maintain the "pending" wish(s) that interest you at the same time.

It is indeed a yes, the student who has made this choice is accepted in the chosen training. But the student then agrees to follow a refresher course or courses adapted to his profile, from the start of the school year.

Pourtonsup is a platform launched by the association of high school students to help confused candidates navigate through Parcoursup. She offers to give her opinion on Parcoursup, find her orientation and finally, exchange with students.

Launched on February 1, 2023, My Master is the new national online platform for finding your master's degree. Once their license in hand, many students find themselves on the floor in France. In the summer of 2022, some 7,000 students had thus seized their rectorate, according to the Ministry of Higher Education, because they had not been able to access the desired outlet for a master's degree. A sort of one-stop shop, "My Masters" functions as a referral interface to streamline proposals, redistribute vacant places and register students earlier.

From mid-June, proposals for admission arrive at the successful applicants. They can then accept the proposals or not, but this is only possible for two masters at the same time. From mid-July begins a phase of redistribution of vacant places according to withdrawals.

How to make new choices? Via the tool "Evaluate your chances in a sector", the result of our exclusive partnership with a team of teachers eager to help students, you have the possibility of visualizing your probabilities of integrating training according to your profile! In the interface below, created by Supeasy, you indicate your baccalaureate and your level, then tick the courses you are targeting.