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    Hello all, this is my first post here so I will try to be as concise as possible to ensure I do not overcomplicate matters.

    My name is Martin, and after much deliberation I decided that Oxford would be the university best suited to my planned study of PPE (philosophy, politics and economics in case you didn't know). Naturally, my school supported this decision and the head of sixth form contacted the college to let them know of my intentions to apply (school policy to ensure high acceptance rate).

    So the time came to apply and I filled in my UCAS (7A*'s at GCSE, A* A* A predicted grades. Would have been more but my revision suffered due to a skiing holiday, so i put this on the form). As expected I was invited to interview pretty quickly unlike some of my peers who did not even get interviewed.

    The interview went swimmingly, the interviewer even dropped heavy hints that I would be chosen, so, naturally, we planned for me to live in oxford and I began studying all the major historical happenings and we even bought a romper suit with the oxford university logo embossed in the lapel (straying off topic here).

    I logged into UCAS on the 24th to find an 'unsuccessful' stamp on my application to oxford. Reeling with shock I immediately telephoned the college to have my say but I was told no-one would be there to answer my calls until after christmas, which, i'm sure you'll agree, is outrageous. The verbal contract me and the interviewer held has been shattered and i'm beginning to think oxbridge in general is as rubbish as people say. I wasn't sure I wanted to go there in the first place and having put trust in a university which has a reputation for apparently being 'the best' (...) but being turned down is ludicrous.

    Could someone please explain why I might have been rejected considering the interviewer guaranteed me that I would be accepted (firm handshake, smiling etc)? I have spoken to my head of sixth form already and he has written a letter of complaint to the college that they have acted with misleading conduct. He said there's a chance I might get in if we prove that I have been misled. As it stands at the moment I have to hear back from York and I have an offer from LSE but both of these are subpar for the course I want to study so I feel lost and confused.

    Thanks alot,

    Martin

    EDIT; I have come under fierce criticism and the point of the topic has been lost. Please stay on track and provide possible reasons why the interviewer would blatantly lie to my face and then not offer me a place. I am also interested in discussing the issue with a current PPE student at Cambridge as I'm considering applying there next year.
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    After the interview they realised you where an obnoxious being/troll.
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    Oxford have a no trolls policy. Sorry mate.
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    The exact same situation for me. It appears that the rumours that Oxford is seeking to take less intelligent undergraduates to appear less "elitist" is true. Ever since I was 8 years old i knew i was destined for a position high in the world and I only applied to Oxford as a backup (For Harvard and Dartmouth, proper universities), so to see a rejection was laughable. With my A*A*A*A predicted grades they must have either declined me accidentally or, as mentioned earlier, seen me as too intelligent for the new breed of .... average students.
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    lol well if you are being genuine then: I think the problem is, universities like Oxford and Cambridge have a lot of applicants, all of whom have amazing grades and there just isn't enough spaces for them all. Interviewers are always encouraging and polite to interviewees, and smiling and shaking someone's hand doesn't guarantee that you have a place. Also, the decision may not have been down to this one interviewer, I'm sure a number of people in the department have to make the decisions together. It is so competitive in universities these days, that there just isn't enough room for everyone who shows the intelligence or promise to go to these universities.
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    (Original post by Arcanine)
    After the interview they realised you where an obnoxious being/troll.
    Ha Ha, very funny. I would have drawn this conclusion myself if it wasn't for the fact that the interviewer made me feel as though I was part of the family. We had a laugh about current affairs and he said 'you will be hearing from ME shortly' then firmly shook my hand and smiled. This (according to my head of sixth form who did an MA at Cambridge) is a sure sign of acceptance. As you can imagine, my head is swimming with folklore and i'm not sure what to believe.
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    UCAS Track should not be updated this early, or at least not so soon after rejection. Something's definitely up.
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    Go into further detail about this verbal contract? what did he say... O.o
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    (Original post by Martin_PPE)
    Hello all, this is my first post here so I will try to be as concise as possible to ensure I do not overcomplicate matters.

    My name is Martin, and after much deliberation I decided that Oxford would be the university best suited to my planned study of PPE (philosophy, politics and economics in case you didn't know). Naturally, my school supported this decision and the head of sixth form contacted the college to let them know of my intentions to apply (school policy to ensure high acceptance rate).

    So the time came to apply and I filled in my UCAS (7A*'s at GCSE, A* A* A predicted grades. Would have been more but my revision suffered due to a skiing holiday, so i put this on the form). As expected I was invited to interview pretty quickly unlike some of my peers who did not even get interviewed.

    The interview went swimmingly, the interviewer even dropped heavy hints that I would be chosen, so, naturally, we planned for me to live in oxford and I began studying all the major historical happenings and we even bought a romper suit with the oxford university logo embossed in the lapel (straying off topic here).

    I logged into UCAS on the 24th to find an 'unsuccessful' stamp on my application to oxford. Reeling with shock I immediately telephoned the college to have my say but I was told no-one would be there to answer my calls until after christmas, which, i'm sure you'll agree, is outrageous. The verbal contract me and the interviewer held has been shattered and i'm beginning to think oxbridge in general is as rubbish as people say. I wasn't sure I wanted to go there in the first place and having put trust in a university which has a reputation for apparently being 'the best' (...) but being turned down is ludicrous.

    Could someone please explain why I might have been rejected considering the interviewer guaranteed me that I would be accepted (firm handshake, smiling etc)? I have spoken to my head of sixth form already and he has written a letter of complaint to the college that they have acted with misleading conduct. He said there's a chance I might get in if we prove that I have been misled. As it stands at the moment I have to hear back from York and I have an offer from LSE but both of these are subpar for the course I want to study so I feel lost and confused.

    Thanks alot,

    Martin
    Chosen?

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    (Original post by oxford_destiny)
    The exact same situation for me. It appears that the rumours that Oxford is seeking to take less intelligent undergraduates to appear less "elitist" is true. Ever since I was 8 years old i knew i was destined for a position high in the world and I only applied to Oxford as a backup (For Harvard and Dartmouth, proper universities), so to see a rejection was laughable. With my A*A*A*A predicted grades they must have either declined me accidentally or, as mentioned earlier, seen me as too intelligent for the new breed of .... average students.
    I have also applied to Harvard. Hopefully i'll see you there. It is nonsense. Denying Britain's best and brightest for political correctness reasons. It's political correctness gone mad, Orwell was right. Churchill would be turning in his grave.
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    Rick Astley needs a place in this thread.
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    (Original post by AZQ)
    UCAS Track should not be updated this early, or at least not so soon after rejection. Something's definitely up.
    This. Which college? My understanding is that Oxford doesn't update track until January.

    I call troll.
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    I have also applied to Harvard. Hopefully i'll see you there. It is nonsense. Denying Britain's best and brightest for political correctness reasons. It's political correctness gone mad, Orwell was right. Churchill would be turning in his grave.
    LOL

    Everything about this is hilarious. I wish you weren't a troll.
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    (Original post by oxford_destiny)
    The exact same situation for me. It appears that the rumours that Oxford is seeking to take less intelligent undergraduates to appear less "elitist" is true. Ever since I was 8 years old i knew i was destined for a position high in the world and I only applied to Oxford as a backup (For Harvard and Dartmouth, proper universities), so to see a rejection was laughable. With my A*A*A*A predicted grades they must have either declined me accidentally or, as mentioned earlier, seen me as too intelligent for the new breed of .... average students.
    Where do you even come up with material like this :rolleyes:
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    . It's political correctness gone mad, Orwell was right. Churchill would be turning in his grave.
    Too true, it's all well and good for Oxford to accept lesser students (The AAA-AABs of the world) but turning down clearly more dispositioned students in favour of morons is political correctness gone mad, Well done Cameron for screwing the unis up, for Pete's sake its not like I even wanted Oxford to accept me its just the sheer injustice here which I protest at, not my personal feelings.
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    (Original post by hayheyley)
    This. Which college? My understanding is that Oxford doesn't update track until January.

    I call troll.
    St Johns college. I can attach a picture if needs be. However I feel that is unnecessary. I was told by email on boxing day, as well, direct from the college.
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    Have you got a letter yet?? I would wait until you get that first before you have a hissy fit, UCAS can be dodgy sometimes. I understand he may have led you to believe you had a place but a better candidate may have came along in another interview and they went with them. It's certainly naive of you to think you should just expect a place because of your academic record. I got a place with 2 a*'s 7 a's and 2 b's and I very much believe it was because I had a good laugh with my interviewer
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    (Original post by oxford_destiny)
    The exact same situation for me. It appears that the rumours that Oxford is seeking to take less intelligent undergraduates to appear less "elitist" is true. Ever since I was 8 years old i knew i was destined for a position high in the world and I only applied to Oxford as a backup (For Harvard and Dartmouth, proper universities), so to see a rejection was laughable. With my A*A*A*A predicted grades they must have either declined me accidentally or, as mentioned earlier, seen me as too intelligent for the new breed of .... average students.
    ps i LOVE your username
    MASSIVE WIN
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    (Original post by Martin_PPE)
    Hello all, this is my first post here so I will try to be as concise as possible to ensure I do not overcomplicate matters.

    My name is Martin, and after much deliberation I decided that Oxford would be the university best suited to my planned study of PPE (philosophy, politics and economics in case you didn't know). Naturally, my school supported this decision and the head of sixth form contacted the college to let them know of my intentions to apply (school policy to ensure high acceptance rate).

    So the time came to apply and I filled in my UCAS (7A*'s at GCSE, A* A* A predicted grades. Would have been more but my revision suffered due to a skiing holiday, so i put this on the form). As expected I was invited to interview pretty quickly unlike some of my peers who did not even get interviewed.

    The interview went swimmingly, the interviewer even dropped heavy hints that I would be chosen, so, naturally, we planned for me to live in oxford and I began studying all the major historical happenings and we even bought a romper suit with the oxford university logo embossed in the lapel (straying off topic here).

    I logged into UCAS on the 24th to find an 'unsuccessful' stamp on my application to oxford. Reeling with shock I immediately telephoned the college to have my say but I was told no-one would be there to answer my calls until after christmas, which, i'm sure you'll agree, is outrageous. The verbal contract me and the interviewer held has been shattered and i'm beginning to think oxbridge in general is as rubbish as people say. I wasn't sure I wanted to go there in the first place and having put trust in a university which has a reputation for apparently being 'the best' (...) but being turned down is ludicrous.

    Could someone please explain why I might have been rejected considering the interviewer guaranteed me that I would be accepted (firm handshake, smiling etc)? I have spoken to my head of sixth form already and he has written a letter of complaint to the college that they have acted with misleading conduct. He said there's a chance I might get in if we prove that I have been misled. As it stands at the moment I have to hear back from York and I have an offer from LSE but both of these are subpar for the course I want to study so I feel lost and confused.

    Thanks alot,

    Martin
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    (Original post by oxford_destiny)
    Too true, it's all well and good for Oxford to accept lesser students (The AAA-AABs of the world) but turning down clearly more dispositioned students in favour of morons is political correctness gone mad, Well done Cameron for screwing the unis up, for Pete's sake its not like I even wanted Oxford to accept me its just the sheer injustice here which I protest at, not my personal feelings.
    Because David Cameron e-mailed the university and mentioned your name as someone they shouldn't allow in...

    Hehe.

    Face it, you're too dumb for Oxford.
 
 
 
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