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How many US students could get an interview for Oxbridge?

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Replies to: How many US students could get an interview for Oxbridge?

  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,672 Senior Member
    There are definitely enough kids in the US getting 5's on AP's to put the number who qualify in the 5 figures.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,672 Senior Member
    BTW, for Cambridge in 2014, 342 Americans applied. 53 got offers, and 32 accepted. In the UK, 16752 applied, 4220 got offers, and 3448 accepted.

    For Oxford, 416 Americans applied in 2014. 38 were accepted (which may be the number attending, not the number offered). In the UK, 10736 applied and 2499 accepted.
  • sansculottessansculottes Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    In general, Oxbridge like to interview 3 times as many people as they have places. So the number you're looking at is probably around 90.
  • sansculottessansculottes Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    Also note that the academic cutoffs are bare minimums - fulfilling them won't guarantee you interviews/offers. In the UK there are significantly more AAA-A*A*A* students than there are Oxbridge places.

    At Oxford, shortlisting for interviews tends to be based on test scores on admissions tests (TSA/HAT/MAT/ELAT/PAT/CAT/MLAT etc.) which applies to all applicants, not just UK. At Cambridge, shortlisting for interviews tends to be based on what's called AS UMS under the British system. UMS is a scaled mark you receive in your AS Levels (first year of A-Levels). An average is calculated of your top 3, and candidates tend to be shortlisted for interview based on that. Perhaps they do that with SAT Subject Test Scores or AP scores.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,672 Senior Member
    @sansculottes, I listed the actual numbers in response #17.

    In 2014, Cambridge offered 53 Americans and 32 ended up attending.
    We don't know how many Oxford offered, but probably about the same number as 38 ended up attending.

    Which means that the number who got interviewed from Oxbridge combined has to be greater than 90.
  • sansculottessansculottes Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    Oh oops sorry missed that. Correction: so if around let's say 100 got offers, probably around 300 got interviews.
  • sattutsattut Registered User Posts: 894 Member
    About half of the students admitted to Oxbridge from the US are US citizens, so I estimate 30 admitted, and 150 interviews: some who get interviews don't get offers, and some who get offers attend other schools.

    British schools look at AP exams and SAT IIs from US and often other international students. Top US schools are not as interested in achievement tests. For them, SAT IIs are more important than AP exams, and grades from teachers, adjusted for the school and difficult of class, and SAT Is are important. Plus lots of other factors are considered.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,672 Senior Member
    @sattut, those numbers I gave are for American citizens.

    They're quite easy to find on both the Cambridge and Oxford websites.
  • sattutsattut Registered User Posts: 894 Member
    I estimated 30 for US citizens applying from the US. There are non citizens applying from the US and US citizens applying from outside the US.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,672 Senior Member
    @sattut, there's no need to estimate. Both Cambridge and Oxford list the number of American citizens who apply and accept offers to go there. Cambridge also gives the number who got offers.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,672 Senior Member
    Sorry, the Cambridge numbers are for those domiciled in the US. The Oxford numbers are for American citizens (over 1000 domiciled in the US applied but both 38 domiciled in the US and 38 American citizens accepted the offer).
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