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Surely the best tactic is Nordic Studies at some godforsaken Hall
Yes, or Theology at St Benets Hall, Oxford.

In Cambridge's prosepctus, it details 26 applicants for ASNC, with 18 acceptances. The downside, of course, is that you have to study a pretty useless course for three years
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I reckon next year's applications will be mayhem, with people avoiding deferred entry/GAP years due to the top-up fees.
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Yes but that would also be the tactics of other would-be applicants next year and the year after that and so on...
Quite possibly. Better to either stick with a family connection or go for the college you like the best.
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The one good thing about applying to a competitive college is you're the first to get looked at if you're pooled.
Yep..thats the idea...if you get rejected by a college with weaker applicants overall..the others wont really look at you
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Yep..thats the idea...if you get rejected by a college with weaker applicants overall..the others wont really look at you
Good point. Seems like the "more prestigious" colleges carry greater weight.
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Yes but that would also be the tactics of other would-be applicants next year and the year after that and so on...
Yes lizzy you are so right. So many people desperate to go to any oxbridge college apply to what they think is the easiest course to get into.......So many people do it and they dont realise that others are doing it to too. I wouldnt pay that much attention to these statistics.
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isnt the pool when u r good enough but the college is full with good ppl already??????
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Yes, or Theology at St Benets Hall, Oxford.

In Cambridge's prosepctus, it details 26 applicants for ASNC, with 18 acceptances. The downside, of course, is that you have to study a pretty useless course for three years
Lol.. but it is unfortunate that the prestige of a course is often downgraded because it is unpopular and underapplied for. For example, Theology is one of the most academic subjects one could wish to study, but the fact even Oxford has something like a 60% acceptance rate for it means the candidates entering are of a low(er) calibre, who in turn lower the calibre of the course, which lowers the prestige, which lowers the calibre of applicants applying next year etc. A vicious circle.
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Yes lizzy you are so right. So many people desperate to go to any oxbridge college apply to what they think is the easiest course to get into.......So many people do it and they dont realise that others are doing it to too. I wouldnt pay that much attention to these statistics.
Yeah! Also the statistics are often tweaked by the colleges, apparently.
It's best to choose a college you like, go to visit it on Open Day, visit it on a normal day and chat to some students to find out what it's really like. Sometimes an Open Day can distort what the college's 'real' atmosphere is actually like.
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isnt the pool when u r good enough but the college is full with good ppl already??????
Yea..but the good ppl at a more prestigious college are better...so they assume that if you missed out there it isnt as bad as if u miss out at a college where loads of applicants are rubbish
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BTW. I know if I don't get into Cambridge I am doing **** all work next year
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i would hate to study something i dont enjoy just to get into oxbridge.....it beats the purpose of studying dont u think?
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I reckon next year's applications will be mayhem, with people avoiding deferred entry/GAP years due to the top-up fees.
Yes, I think on this I am royally screwed. I hope to God that Blair loses the top up vote.
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In Cambridge's prosepctus, it details 26 applicants for ASNC, with 18 acceptances. The downside, of course, is that you have to study a pretty useless course for three years
The ASNC stats are 2 years out of date - last year there were 60-odd applicants, 30 offers made and 20 eventual acceptences. This year the numbers for ASNC went through the roof, probs due to LOTR, Blood of the Vikings hype etc. So the times they are a-changing.
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i would hate to study something i dont enjoy just to get into oxbridge.....it beats the purpose of studying dont u think?
I so agree. I mean if you are not going to enjoy, say, Theology and have no intention of utilizing your degree afterwards, why bother?
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Yes, I think on this I am royally screwed. I hope to God that Blair loses the top up vote.
yes but its unlikely despite the vast opposition
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i would hate to study something i dont enjoy just to get into oxbridge.....it beats the purpose of studying dont u think?
Yeah, I guess. But no subject actually interests me at all, I'm just doing philosophy because I find it the least boring
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Yeah! Also the statistics are often tweaked by the colleges, apparently.
It's best to choose a college you like, go to visit it on Open Day, visit it on a normal day and chat to some students to find out what it's really like. Sometimes an Open Day can distort what the college's 'real' atmosphere is actually like.
Exactly, visit the college to see if you like it. Remember that you'll be studying there for three or four years!
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It's best to choose a college you like, go to visit it on Open Day, visit it on a normal day and chat to some students to find out what it's really like. Sometimes an Open Day can distort what the college's 'real' atmosphere is actually like.
Its best to go sometime during term time in the summer. U can see them all hanging around the place and get a better idea than an open day when the place is pretty much deserted
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The ASNC stats are 2 years out of date - last year there were 60-odd applicants, 30 offers made and 20 eventual acceptences. This year the numbers for ASNC went through the roof, probs due to LOTR, Blood of the Vikings hype etc. So the times they are a-changing.
Funny how the LOTR hype has gotten to even ASNC applications.
Wonder if the applicants apply in the hope they might demonstrate their 'skills' in an upcoming feature film.
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