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    hiya,
    (Original post by lizzzy`)
    Hi Alaric I am resigned to my fate, that I shall probably end up somewhere in London
    ick, I don't think I could stand living in London myself. I mean I love the tube and the shops etc but it always just seems too big, too anonymous or something. One of my friends rejected his Clare offer the year I went to go to Imperial, despite the fact I thought he'd love it at Clare, and now he's having a brilliant time at Imp... so I guess it really doesn't matter much where you are as long as you make the best of it. Which I'm sure you will!

    Where are you considering from the other places you applied now?

    (Original post by lizzzy`)
    and glad at the fact that I don't have to work so hard for my exams now...sigh.
    There is always that, it's probably a good idea to still get As (I'm still battling with my lazyness - was the worst compsci in my year at the last exams - need to do better this year ). It'll probably be a lot less stress in August too, I was a lot more stressed then than with the offer letter believe it or not - I barely talked to anyone for two days beforehand! (that did make the pub afterward all the more fun though!)
    I guess your course where ever you end up will also be easier... which leaves more time for other cool stuff!

    To give you a little perspective, I know 6 people from my year at school who were rejected by oxbridge - there was only one who was particularly annoyed after some time had passed and that was because they'd taken his girlfriend but not him! Everyone else seems to be enjoying themselves - I guess it's such a massive change in your life you forget where you thought you might be because you're too busy having fun or something!

    Alaric.
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    (Original post by *dave*)
    Yeah you are. 8=B 5=H 11=LL and the 85 just makes it obvious. Plus, Bhall85 went for Maths at Girton too - wot a coincidence!
    if you notics, 85ah11 joined in June, and Bhaal85 joined in September, so if anything, Bhall85 copied off 85ah11. (but I'm not saying he did, it's most probably a massive coincidence, as you say)
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    if you notics, 85ah11 joined in June, and Bhall85 joined in September, so if anything, Bhall85 copied off 85ah11.
    isnt it bhaal85?
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    (Original post by fluff)
    isnt it bhaal85?
    Your Honour Mr Maskall QC.

    I herein present to you the defendent's case, which I hope proves the defendent's innosence of being the member known as "Bhaal85"

    The defendent, member 3237, also known as "85ah11", joined on 6th June 2003 and is one of the oldest members (he just hasn't posted much, only amassing 20 posts to date). He is from Bolton, Lancashire. the "85" probably stands for his year of birth (1985), the "ah" probably stands for his initials (his name is Adam Halgarth) and the "11" i assume stands for the number of players on a football team (he is an avid fan of Boston United Football Club). He has no entries criminal record.

    the prosecutor, member 4458, also known as "Bhaal85", joined on 23rd September 2003, and is one of the "middle aged" members (although he has posted quite a bit, amassing 2959 posts to date). He is from Manchester, Greater Manchester. And his name is Copernicus :rolleyes: (although whether he will testify to this under oath is debatable). He has a criminal record (a slap and a caution from Chief Justice Infinity QC for flirting too much with other members of the female gender, and some members of the male gender *cough cough*)

    Your Honour. This evidence shows to you that any rightful man would never confuse the two users, 3237 and 4458, as being one and the same user. it also shows that user 3237 DID NOT attempt to plagiarise the membername of member 4458. Case closed.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    The defendent, member 3237, also known as "85ah11", joined on 6th June 2003 and is one of the oldest members (he just hasn't posted much, only amassing 20 posts to date). He is from Bolton, Lancashire. the "85" probably stands for his year of birth (1985), the "ah" probably stands for his initials (his name is Adam Halgarth) and the "11" i assume
    Your Honour. This evidence shows to you that any rightful man would never confuse the two users, 3237 and 4458, as being one and the same user. it also shows that user 3237 DID NOT attempt to plagiarise the membername of member 4458. Case closed.
    *clap clap clap*
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    (Original post by Alaric)
    hiya,

    ick, I don't think I could stand living in London myself. I mean I love the tube and the shops etc but it always just seems too big, too anonymous or something. One of my friends rejected his Clare offer the year I went to go to Imperial, despite the fact I thought he'd love it at Clare, and now he's having a brilliant time at Imp... so I guess it really doesn't matter much where you are as long as you make the best of it. Which I'm sure you will!

    Where are you considering from the other places you applied now?


    There is always that, it's probably a good idea to still get As (I'm still battling with my lazyness - was the worst compsci in my year at the last exams - need to do better this year ). It'll probably be a lot less stress in August too, I was a lot more stressed then than with the offer letter believe it or not - I barely talked to anyone for two days beforehand! (that did make the pub afterward all the more fun though!)
    I guess your course where ever you end up will also be easier... which leaves more time for other cool stuff!

    To give you a little perspective, I know 6 people from my year at school who were rejected by oxbridge - there was only one who was particularly annoyed after some time had passed and that was because they'd taken his girlfriend but not him! Everyone else seems to be enjoying themselves - I guess it's such a massive change in your life you forget where you thought you might be because you're too busy having fun or something!

    Alaric.
    Thanks, I feel much better But on hindsight, I think (and I'm not saying it to console myself, mind!) I would be better off on an integrated course in London. Applied to ICL and UCL, so I'm waiting optimistically to hear from them. Given up on Newcastle, haven't heard from them either. Will still be working hard for the As, but the big pressure is off, if you get what I mean.
    The bright lights of the big city are drawing me in...

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    I don't know how many people tend to be pooled, but do we not seem to have a disproportionate amount of people pooled on here?
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    (Original post by theone)
    I don't know how many people tend to be pooled, but do we not seem to have a disproportionate amount of people pooled on here?
    Does seem like that a bit. How many Cambridge applicants do you think we have on here?
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    (Original post by meepmeep)
    Does seem like that a bit. How many Cambridge applicants do you think we have on here?
    I don't know, but the proportional of applications to pooled seems to be quite high, about 30% if not slightly higher.
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    (Original post by theone)
    I don't know how many people tend to be pooled, but do we not seem to have a disproportionate amount of people pooled on here?
    Yeah no kidding, it really does seem that way. I did read somewhere though that on average 1 in 6 applicants get pooled, and of those pooled, only 1 in 6 get offers.
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    (Original post by -Jon)
    Yeah no kidding, it really does seem that way. I did read somewhere though that on average 1 in 6 applicants get pooled, and of those pooled, only 1 in 6 get offers.
    I worked it out with the statistics they gave me. 1/4 of applicants are pooled, 1/4 accepted, 2/4 rejected.

    Of those who've been pooled it's about 19% (1/5) who get a place. As theone mentioned, this greatly depends on your college, course etc.
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    (Original post by Seer)
    I worked it out with the statistics they gave me. 1/4 of applicants are pooled, 1/4 accepted, 2/4 rejected.

    Of those who've been pooled it's about 19% (1/5) who get a place. As theone mentioned, this greatly depends on your college, course etc.
    That differs per college though, right - ie differences according to the over/undersubscription of the college?
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    (Original post by Seer)
    I worked it out with the statistics they gave me. 1/4 of applicants are pooled, 1/4 accepted, 2/4 rejected.

    Of those who've been pooled it's about 19% (1/5) who get a place. As theone mentioned, this greatly depends on your college, course etc.
    It more depnds on the college that wants you, rather than the college that rejected you. I think if you were pooled from a big college, they are more likely to overlook your application as there will be many others with you. If you are pooled from a small cllege however, you may be the only one on the 'pile' and therefore more likely to get a look from the selectors.
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    (Original post by legalbeagle)
    Thanks very much Camford. Love your name by the way - very endearing!
    You are welcome. Never thought anyone would like my name. Thanks for that.
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    Has anyone posted anything about their expeirence on oxbridge-info recently? I posted mine last night. But discovered two mistakes later. I wonder how did I ever got my offer?

    mistake one: Missed out the word "warm" somewhere.
    mistake two: Used form decision instead of firm decision.
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    (Original post by *dave*)
    It more depnds on the college that wants you, rather than the college that rejected you. I think if you were pooled from a big college, they are more likely to overlook your application as there will be many others with you. If you are pooled from a small cllege however, you may be the only one on the 'pile' and therefore more likely to get a look from the selectors.
    I've always thought it's the other way around. Because if you apply to a more competitive college you are competing against more applicants and hence it's harder to get into the pool.
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    (Original post by *dave*)
    It more depnds on the college that wants you, rather than the college that rejected you. I think if you were pooled from a big college, they are more likely to overlook your application as there will be many others with you. If you are pooled from a small cllege however, you may be the only one on the 'pile' and therefore more likely to get a look from the selectors.
    Actually, I think it's also the "mark" they give you. Apparently (what the admissions tutor was saying to me) the unversities and colleges use a scoring system, which takes into account grades, references and most importantly interviews. After interview, everyone ends up with a score, and the college takes people they like - ie people with the highest scores, and then pool a certain number of those with high scores, but not high enough for them. So it's possible that if this is constant across colleges (which I think it might be) then colleges wanting someone from the pool might just look at the top scores out of all the people pooled, regardless of college.
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    (Original post by lucerna)
    Thanks!

    Say, does anyone know if there's a table somewhere with information on the number of places there were and applicants for each subject and college? I'm curious to know what the actually numbers were hehe. The only thing i've seen on the website is the colour-coded applicants/places ratio.
    I don't think Cambridge release the information for each subject, broken down by college. They only release the information for each subject across the whole university. You can see the tables for people who applied for entry in 2002 at the following url, but they haven't released the information for 2003 entry yet, let alone 2004 entry.
    http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/reporter/.../07/table4.pdf
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    (Original post by lucerna)
    Actually, I think it's also the "mark" they give you. Apparently (what the admissions tutor was saying to me) the unversities and colleges use a scoring system, which takes into account grades, references and most importantly interviews. After interview, everyone ends up with a score, and the college takes people they like - ie people with the highest scores, and then pool a certain number of those with high scores, but not high enough for them. So it's possible that if this is constant across colleges (which I think it might be) then colleges wanting someone from the pool might just look at the top scores out of all the people pooled, regardless of college.
    This sounds very sensible.
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