(Original post by Willa)
So ends what I would call the OFFICIAL part of this thread. The following two stages are of negligible importance:
8. Subject Reputations:
The general academic attitude to work at oxbridge can probably be scaled by the two academic tables, the Tompkins table and the Norrington Table. These tables provide scaling for how students at each college performed in their exams. It only provides a rough guide to academic attitude...some colleges will work you harder than suggested by their position in the table, some colleges are more relaxed.
Cambridge tompkins Table: http://www.fantasyfacup.com/matthew/fun/tompkins/
Oxford norrington Table: http://www.fantasyfacup.com/matthew/fun/norrington
Beyond general academic attitude, I now call upon fellow oxbridge students to help compile a list of colleges that are considered to be particularly good at one given subject. These are usually in reference to uniqueness of facilities available and so I remind any prospective student that the information below should not be an important factor in your college decision.
Trinity College: World Famous reputation for Mathematics
Downing College: Unique Reputation for Law (offering special law courses such as a french law double matrice)
Gonville And Caius College: Medicine (They accept the most and get lots of firsts)
9. General Stereotype:
The following stereotypes are not neccessarily accurate, and are often born out of jealousy towards the college (i try to give reasons below if I know of them).
However, you should bare in mind that any stereotype can also come from the behaviour of small groups of people at that college
. For example, if the college is considered posh, it is only because there are some students there that are like that, but most likely are far from a majority. It is just percieved (possibly falsely) that they form a larger proportion at that college than any other college.
You certainly should not think that all students at that college are like what the stereotype dictates
. This is absolutely not the case
But to keep you applicants happy, here's the list. (once again I call for help from fellow students).
If no stereotype is given, it means I dont know of one
St Johns College:
Despised in general by many students at other colleges for no particularly good reason. Although if I had to guess it would probably be a combination of: Boaties hating them because they're usually very good at rowing, Envy for their large grounds and (some would call) pretty architecture, people having bad relationships with people at St Johns. All in all this has spawned the song "I'd rather be at Oxford than St Johns". I remind you that it's all a bit of a joke and it doesnt go beyond rivarlly.
Has developed a bit of a bad reputation among first your Natural Scientists because of one particular individual (the reputation is spreading funnily enough). Generally considered quite a upper class college although once again that is small minority of the students there. Although given that, the college is exceedingly wealthy...but they do throw amazing May Balls (as do St Johns).
Gonville And Cauis College:
Boaties despise due to their dominance of male rowing in cambridge. Known as quite an academic college, and along with Trinity and St Johns, is known as one of the more "snobby" colleges.
Majority Male college due to excessive engineers. Considered a bit geeky from that point of view, but mostly unfounded stereotype.
A supposed link to excessive homosexual behaviour...but they brough it upon themselves by calling their JCR "The Sex Club"....they're all a bunch of jokers if you ask me.
Built almost entirely out of red bricks, this college is apparently rather baffling and near impossible to escape from when drunk (ask Musicboy). Supposedly going to be closed soon due to money troubles, with rumours if it being turned into Trinity College Carpark...I wouldnt put it past them though (it is their land!).
Labelled one of the few "friendly colleges", this certainly doesnt mean the other colleges arent. Perhaps it's related to certain drunken behaviour by college individuals...but Helenia and chums can elaborate on that. This college has been exceedingly popular with applicants in recent years as well.
Despite it's popularity with Japanese tourists, this college is famous for having an extremely active student union. Kings students always have something to protest and winge about. There is also supposedly a lot of sexually wierd people there. My general opinion is it's full of incredibly unique students who just want to have a good (if slightly disturbing) time at university.
A reputation to academic brutallity towards students, but then again a lot of students at all colleges will say they're worked damn hard. Also well known for international applications, and rumours of giving out EE offers...so there's a plus side, they dont want you to stress over your exams if they make you an offer.
(I reserved from doing this myself, this is what the others said) Like Clare, referred to as one of the "friendly" colleges, possibly for it's incredibly popular (but overly crowded) bar. Being top of the Tompkins table it has also obtained a reputation for hard work, although you wouldnt think that from the behaviour of some of it's students.
Currently renowned for their excellent Ents nights and excessive numbers of novice rowers (probably due to Queens' ergs competition held at start of Michaelmas term).
Full of left-wingers, so I guess they must be at least a little bit crazy if they're anything like Kings College Cambridge.
Full of Tories.
Full of northerners.
Full of Welsh people
Full of workoholics.
Christ Church College:
Full of your stereotypical "rah" oxbridge students, who after a spiffingly good game of croquet go and drink lashings of exceedinlgy expensive fine spirits.
So if fellow students could help finish this off it would be most useful.