(Original post by Gridiron-Gangster)
Well LSE and Imperial are fantastic world-class universities but I don't think anyone is doubting that Oxford and Cambridge are very much the pinnacle of academia in the UK and have an unquestionable pedigree world wide. Perhaps it's the cultural perception but rightly or wrongly so, they are perceived as "the best of the best" hence you'd expect anyone applying there would most likely accept an offer should they be offered a place. There are hundreds of well qualified applicants who apply each year and get turned down who'd have killed for the chance of an offer. I can accept reasons such as "I prefer the course structure at X" or "I'm quite interested in the research carried out at y". Not silly reasons like "I don't want to be in a field" or "my best mates from school are all at Imperial so let's hook up again and recreate those Byker Grove moments" and most ridiculously of all, stereotyping private/public school kids as being stuck up and elitist.....ok some might be but that image pretty much died out a long time ago and is confined to the likes of Brideshead Revisited.
And you can't criticise Oxbridge for being a bastion of elitism given that a high proportion of private school kids attend LSE and Imperial which are certainly highly elitist and selective institutions. I think I read somewhere that statistically you have a lower chance of getting into LSE and Imperial for certain programmes than Oxbridge. Maybe I'm being biased as I know I would certainly accept an offer if I got one but I do still find it strange and pointless as to why someone would want to turn down an offer unless it was for academic reasons.
For me university is about the education/course first and then everything else (social etc) comes second. Sure the social life is a very important part of a university education but socials and ents is very much what you make of it. I mean I was (well still am but intercalating) at a selective university for a competitive course which is considered elite and there are a large proportion of private school kids (myself included) some of whom are complete twits but not everyone is like that. Also the social scene and city itself aren't that great infact it's probably the last place I'd describe as a party capital but ultimately I've enjoyed my time there because I've made the most of what's on offer and pretty much "made it my own". Ultimately I went there for the education but just because the place lacked certain things didn't mean it was cause for concern or to make u-turn, sometimes you just have to work with what you've got.
Anyways I'm rambling on here but the point is........actually I've forgotten what I was going to say now. Oh yeah, Oxford isn't exactly the worst place in the world to study and London is all but a bus ride away if one craves the big city lights. I just think the opportunities on offer at Oxford are second to none (except maybe Cambridge or Harvard) hence why I'm bemused or somewhat perplexed as to why anyone would turn an offer (and an unconditional one at that) down.
I would cheekily ask that the OP give me the offer instead but sadly I have no interest in chemistry. If it was a Master's programme however then please PM more details