Is it true you can BUY your way into Oxford?Watch this thread
For example, this super rich russian guy in my year is not really oxford mat. He's a distinctly average student who isn't really loquacious enough to blag his way in via interview or personal statement. He has links to admissions tutors in Oxford and a **** load of money and got an Oxford offer for law at BBB.
He's a distinctly average student who isn't really loquacious enough to blag his way in via interview or personal statement. He has links to admissions tutors in Oxford and a **** load of money and got an Oxford offer for law at BBB.
1) You're lying to perpetuate myths about Oxford.
2) He's lying about his "offer."
3) He seems quiet to you but may be excellent at his subject and felt more comfortable talking to people who share the same passion for his subject, excelling at interview.
the UK (for home students) has a fairly rare system in that admissions are based mainly on grades ...
vs. other EU nations where access to year 1 is fairly open but there are quite swingeing cuts of places into year 2 or clinical school
vs. the (athletic etc.) scholarships and patronage ('letters of recommendation' from alumni and politicians) that runs in parallel to merit based admissions in the US
If I remember correctly, Prince Charles went to Cambridge.
I know someone at Imperial in the year above who used to use money to get through.
We have to also look at this case specifically. This man is going to study law. The whole "we want the best students" thing is sort of meaningless in most art subjects. With the sciences, if you have the best students then you can carry out the best research, become more recognised and receive more money from private companies to further your research. This does not happen with say Law, English or History, to such an extent. Because of this the whole selective process and judgement of candidates or even the regard of graduates' work is far more murky.
So yes, I doubt that this happens often but I'm not foolish enough to believe that it never happens at all. Probably a few people every year might gain entry to such institutions due to their background or wealth, but I expect that this would almost always be in the Arts and is something that could never be fully eradicated.
Edit: What's up with the negs? I was merely stating in my post that some people can be bought. They exist everywhere, in every institution in the world and so to believe that Oxbridge is immune to any sort of corruption at any scale is completely delusive. It is possible that people in the past have got in due to money, power or other means. Rather than explicitly "buying" their way into Oxbridge, it is possible that interviewers or the people in the decision process (some of which may be bribed) have noted these things and it has altered their judgement of an applicant, gaining them entry. As I said, this stuff probably also happens in many other universities world wide, but it is probably only a very minute number of students that actually do this nowadays.