us colleges as safties for oxford...

<p>Hey guys,</p>

<p>I got accepted at Oxford (PPE) just before Christmas which is awesome, still they made me quite a tough offer which I am not sure to meet.
Besides that I have also applied to a few US schools:

<p>For every college apart from Harvard and Yale I would probably rather go to Oxford if I'd meet my offer and just use them as safties. However I am curious if this is even possible?</p>

<p>So let's say for example I get accepted at Dartmouth can I accept their offer and then tell them in June (that's when I get my high school results) that I don't like them anymore and go to Oxford?</p>

<p>...You already got into Oxford, you don't need safeties. And you can't just send in a deposit to Dartmouth (or whatever) and then take it back.</p>

<p>Maybe I forgot to explain the UK admissions system:
They do not usually give out unconditional offer liek in the US but ask you to achieve a certain say GPA, and if you don't meet I you won't get in so there is a need for safties.</p>

<p>any other opinions?</p>

<p>still waiting...</p>

<p>bump .....!</p>

<p>As I said in the other similar thread you started, PPE at Ox is very impressive, so if I were you, I would try my hardest to meet their offer. </p>

<p>And in answer to your question, yes you can do that. (I.e. accept an offer and then renege if your exam results are good enough to go to Oxford). I think it's a good idea to have 1 safety, just in case you don't get the grades.</p>

<p>Thanks for your opinion. Of course I'll do my best to meet the offer but the German school system is pretty strict...</p>

<p>no, once you tell a US college in May that you're going there, its a legal binding contract. It would be illegal for you to go to another institution..</p>

<p>are you sure? so what could they do?</p>

<p>im not sure wat they could do, i geuss youd have to do more research</p>

<p>cowking, not true. MATRICULATION is legally binding.</p>

<p>i'm confused.. does anyone know for sure?</p>



<p>People do it all the time. It's frowned upon, but it's so common that a term exists for it.</p>

<p>In</a> an Uncertain Summer, Sweating Over Enrollment 'Melt' - The Chronicle of Higher Education</p>

<p>maxgoettler, i'm right.</p>

<p>good to know...

<p>You ARE allowed not to attend a college you enrolled in, if you meet one of three conditions. Either you got off a waitlist at another college (unfortunately, I'm pretty sure foreign ones don't count), you cannot afford to attend, or the college independently agrees to let you.</p>