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Oxford/Cambridge admissions stats?

bms2009bms2009 Posts: 203Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2012 in College Admissions
I'm REALLY out of my element because I'm really unfamiliar with these schools, but does anyone have any insight into what admissions are like at Oxford and Cambridge? Acceptance rates? What they're looking for?
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Replies to: Oxford/Cambridge admissions stats?

  • bms2009bms2009 Posts: 203Registered User Junior Member
  • ee33eeee33ee Posts: 644Registered User Member
    www. the student room . com
  • cupcakecupcake Posts: 1,518Registered User Senior Member
    About 1 in 5 get in, but it's less for internationals.

    If you search this site, and also the student room, noted above, there are dozens of threads on exactly this. You may also find that the application process is explained in great detail at
    University of Cambridge
    Homepage - University of Oxford
    Remember you can only apply to one. There are videos of interviews on the Cambridge site.

    You have to apply though UCAS for UK schools. It's a common app
    UCAS Home Page

    You have to apply by 20th Sept if you want an interview in the US, or 15th Oct if you want to come to the UK for interview, so you'd better get clued up fast if you are serious (for October 2009 entry that is).
  • poubellepoubelle Posts: 364Registered User Member
    Also, every course has a different acceptance rate at every school. I remember that some less popular courses had success rates of around 40%.

    Also useful:
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/2006-7/supps/adstats06.pdf At Oxford, success rates for applicants in secondary school is 25.9% for males and 23.9% for females. Page 6 shows acceptance rates by course; Classics, you'll see, has a 46.5% success rate but Fine Art has 10.5% (and Medicine 5.3%!).

    Hahah, on the Ethnic orgin page (5), white & Asian mixes have the highest success rate.

    I remember from when I was looking into these universities: they'll generally expect a number of AP exams (with 5s). IB is preferred, and they'll want a score of 38+ (and 7-7-6 on HLs). I've always thought this grossly unfair: I probably would've gotten in to Oxbridge if I hadn't done IB! (I didn't apply, but. :\)
  • pinkpineapplepinkpineapple Posts: 332Registered User Member
    is there any way to find acceptance rates by course AND by college? for example, find the acceptance rates for Mathematics at Balliol.
  • poubellepoubelle Posts: 364Registered User Member
    I'm positive that I've seen those statistics before on either Oxford's or Cambridge's website (I think it was Oxford's). That would've been several years ago, though. Have a look around and see what you can find?
  • pinkpineapplepinkpineapple Posts: 332Registered User Member
    I've been looking for awhile...I want to see which colleges of my top choices have the highest acceptance rates for my course :D
  • nemomnemom Posts: 1,607Registered User Senior Member
    The Oxford website has a lot information about acceptance rates by course and , I think, by college, but not both. Note that you cannot apply to both Oxford and Cambridge. The application process is somewhat different than that for most colleges in the states, and , as mentioned above, deadlines are much earlier.
  • ee33eeee33ee Posts: 644Registered User Member
    Hey a bit of key advice in your selection of course/college at either university: the acceptance rates don't tell you much because the whole process is very self-selective. There isn't a lottery-mindset free-for-all that we have here for Ivies. It's very numbers based.
  • GlobalDolphinGlobalDolphin Posts: 353Registered User Member
    But it is far more fair than in US schools.
  • ChallengedChallenged Posts: 325Registered User Member
    Having applied to US and UK schools (with a positive response from each UK school to which I applied), I can say the process is entirely different and hard to really compare, especially "getting in".

    For one, a student applies for a specific program at a university. I applied for PPE at Oxford, probably one of the most prestigious courses in the country. The offer rate for this course is lower than that for a less coveted course. This doesn't mean other courses are easier, or of less repute, but it certainly does split the pool more effectively. (Think this: as if English majors at MIT had an easier time getting in than their Electrical Engineering counterparts).

    Secondly, no "acceptance" is final. Though I've been given an "offer" to study PPE at Oxford (according the the interviewer about 1/8 overall get this), I still have to get a 40 on my IB on top of that to actually "get-in". This brings the effective rate nearer to 1/12, 1/13.

    So all said and done the acceptance rate depends a lot from course-to-course, country-to-country. I can say, however, that I feel that the application was less of a crapshoot than my US applications. This is just a feeling, based on no real evidence.
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