Is Durham really full of oxbridge rejects?

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As jools and others have pointed out, oxbridge decisions are starting to come through. But as three quarters of applicants dont get in I am considering where to go instead, in case.

Durham looks great, but whats putting me off is that it has a reputation for being full of middle class oxbridge rejects, a sort of person I probably wouldnt really wanna be living with. But then it hit me that I am likely to be a middle class oxbridge reject too...so cant really complain, can I.

Does anyone here go to Durham...is this reputation really justified? If I go there will I have to live with this reputation throughout my life?

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Yes. Durham is overated - they like to think of themselves as second to oxbridge and attract all those who don't get in.
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oxbridge reject or oxbridge alternative schools are:
imperial
lse
ucl
warwick
durham
and soon nottingham...
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You can't just label it as a University for Oxbridge rejects, that's an unfair generalisation.
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(Original post by Adhsur)
Yes. Durham is overated - they like to think of themselves as second to oxbridge and attract all those who don't get in.
Exactly how long have you spent time at Durham University?
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You can't just label it as a University for Oxbridge rejects, that's an unfair generalisation.
its unfair - but it is true that many people at durham are oxbridge rejets, but so are other universities that are the ebst ones after oxbridge.

however, i did hear that many durham students are oxbridge rejects; a lot more than the other uni's (which are incidentally better than durham.)
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Yes. Durham is overated - they like to think of themselves as second to oxbridge and attract all those who don't get in.
That's an awful thing to say Adhsur; many people work very hard to attain the grades for their courses there and don't apply to Oxbridge at all. To give it an unfair reputation is simply abysmal and demeans many students' valid achievements.
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Yes. Durham is overated - they like to think of themselves as second to oxbridge and attract all those who don't get in.
Ignorance personified.
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That's an awful thing to say Adhsur; many people work very hard to attain the grades for their courses there and don't apply to Oxbridge at all. To give it an unfair reputation is simply abysmal and demeans many students' valid achievements.
I can understand that - I just think that it is overated, not necessarily bad or anything!!! I do realise that some people apply just to Durham which is great too. Durham IS a good uni, just not as good as people make it out to be, imho.

I know it's wrong to give Durham that status of an oxbridge reject zone, but realistically speaking it's bound to happen. If it doens't concern you, that's fair enough. After all, one could argue that the quality of teaching/environment/etc is far more important.
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I can understand that - I just think that it is overated, not necessarily bad or anything!!! I do realise that some people apply just to Durham which is great too. Durham IS a good uni, just not as good as people make it out to be, imho.
Which 'people' make it out to be 'what' exactly? Upon what is this based?
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Which 'people' make it out to be 'what' exactly? Upon what is this based?
Well Durham is very similar to Oxbridge - the collegiate system, etc. Many people think that because of this, the university is superior like oxbridge but really i believe it is on par with other places like York.
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(Original post by Adhsur)
I can understand that - I just think that it is overated, not necessarily bad or anything!!! I do realise that some people apply just to Durham which is great too. Durham IS a good uni, just not as good as people make it out to be, imho.

I know it's wrong to give Durham that status of oxbridge reject zone, but realistically speaking it's bound to happen. If it doens't concern you, that's fair enough. After all, one could argue that the quality of teaching/environment/etc is far more important.
i agree with adshur. Durham isnt that good a uni, i mean, its about 12th in the league tables. of course it is still a good university, but tehre are 10 universitites that are better than it statistically.

i mean it doesnt compare with york, bath warwick, imperial etc, the top uni's behind oxbridge.
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i agree with adshur. Durham isnt that good a uni, i mean, its about 12th in the league tables. of course it is still a good university, but tehre are 10 universitites that are better than it statistically.

i mean it doesnt compare with york, bath warwick, imperial etc, the top uni's behind oxbridge.

I disagree.
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Well Durham is very similar to Oxbridge - the collegiate system, etc. Many people think that because of this, the university is superior like oxbridge but really i believe it is on par with other places like York.
I am sure that many people would indeed rather trust the League Tables than what 'people' say. Your generalisation really wasn't based on much evidence though!
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(Original post by alex_thompson)
i agree with adshur. Durham isnt that good a uni, i mean, its about 12th in the league tables. of course it is still a good university, but tehre are 10 universitites that are better than it statistically.

i mean it doesnt compare with york, bath warwick, imperial etc, the top uni's behind oxbridge.
Thank you! You summed me up perfectly.
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(Original post by Adhsur)
Well Durham is very similar to Oxbridge - the collegiate system, etc. Many people think that because of this, the university is superior like oxbridge but really i believe it is on par with other places like York.
no, its not as good as imperial, york, warwick.

its way behind these uni's in the league tables.

and if u look at some of teh offers, they r like BBB and BBC quite often.
it isnt THAT GOOD a uni. only decent.
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I am sure that many people would indeed rather trust the League Tables than what 'people' say. Your generalisation really wasn't based on much evidence though!
That's my point though. League tables show Durham isn't brilliant, yet common perception of what Durham sounds like as an elite uni seems to convince people otherwise.
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Which 'people' make it out to be 'what' exactly? Upon what is this based?
Adshur was saying that in her opinion Durham is not as GOOD as some people make it out to be. Those people would presumably be the ones studying there or applying to. Natural bias would come into this assumption therefore.
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I disagree.
ok, you disagree with statistics then, u do that.
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Adshur was saying that in her opinion Durham is not as GOOD as some people make it out to be. Those people would presumably be the ones studying there or applying to. Natural bias would come into this assumption therefore.
Any student would sing their University's praise.
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