I know this may be just a rumour but I've heard from various people that UCL reject applicants who have also applied to Cambridge. Surely the UCAS information is confidential?
Is this true?
it is confidential, its just that if you apply before the Oxbridge deadlline they might guess. As to whether they reject Cambridge applicants though I don't know.... I'd imagine it's a rumour.
Head of admissions from Oxford Brookes.
Well, if a complete third party from an ex-poly admin says it - it must be true!
UCL doesn't reject people because they have applied to Oxbridge. I know this as a fact for Economics at the very least and I don't see why UCL would reject a good applicant at any point. End of the story. We're very different from Cambridge and there are plenty of reasons why someone might turn them down for us (being in the greatest city, or certainly a contender for it, being a big point).
whilst D gets all the disillusioned, yet smart, applicants
Don't think this is true...although i got an offer from oxford and was rejected n dejected by UCL...sob
someone got AAAAA (so they picked them)
it also depends on your nationality, but they play that part down.
I doubt the nationality thing really matters...think that would be racial discrimination...
Fee status matters for applications. It isn't admitted but it does matter.
Oxbridge applications are very different from UoL ones. LSE and UCL don't interview. Oxbridge do.
it does matter? So does this mean a british indian/chinese/whatever is less likely to get in than a actual indian/chinese/whatever?
That's just wrong...
Most unis in the country want more money. There are economic incentives to take in additional oversea fee status students... draw your own conclusions!
Still, I've seen the policy papers in UCL to increase the ratio of oversea fee status to home status by 7% over 4 years. Such policy started with LSE and was in place in Imperial before UCL took it onboard. I know some Oxford colleges are looking at it too... even the richest universities aren't immune to market forces...
The competitive and highly respected courses at UCL are about 30% to 35% international students.
International students in a uni... good to have. For it to be utterly dominated by them... hmm, tough call. Especially when you're in London which already adds in a huge international mix.
If there were no international students at UCL (which is a silly thing to suggest), UCL would just cut undergraduate student numbers (since undergrads on average cost all unis in the country money - they don't bring money in!). We'd actually be back to the days when UCL was about 9000 students instead of 19000 and we had Oxbridge style tutorials...
So far as the economic incentive goes... a not surprising number of international have very rich parents...