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Anyone of you know any sites that show how many places each college is offering for a specific course. For example, i am thinking of applying for economics, but it takes ages for me tofind the no. of places there are for each college.

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Anyone of you know any sites that show how many places each college is offering for a specific course. For example, i am thinking of applying for economics, but it takes ages for me tofind the no. of places there are for each college.

thanks!
There's a double page spread of it in the back of the Oxford prospectus. Don't know about Cambridge...
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Try emailing admissions people for the colleges you're interested in.

I don't think they have set numbers though, I spoke to a girl whilst I was there for interviews, she said how one year they will take six if there are lots of good applicants and the next decide to take only one if they think only that one is capable. I don't know how reliable that is though, it seemed unfair to just take one person at a college for a certain subject...lonely.

I really wanted to know (& still do) how many people applied to the same college for the same course. I asked at the students & admissions people during my interviews & they just said that it's best not to think about that & concentrate on my own application instead...fair point but it didn't fill me with confidence!
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I really wanted to know (& still do) how many people applied to the same college for the same course. I asked at the students & admissions people during my interviews & they just said that it's best not to think about that & concentrate on my own application instead...fair point but it didn't fill me with confidence!
When I went for my interview there was a list up on the wall of the people being interviewed for my subject... not sure if i was supposed to see it though it's good for the confidence to know how many people you 'beat' though...
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When I went for my interview there was a list up on the wall of the people being interviewed for my subject... not sure if i was supposed to see it though it's good for the confidence to know how many people you 'beat' though...

LOL, not quite what I had in mind but it does play a part! I don't think my subject is that competitive (it isn't anywhere I don't think!) so I'm curious as to why they wouldn't tell me! Thinking about it there were lists somewhere, not sure if they had subjects though, I never thought to look! :rolleyes:
I even tried to work it out, lol, I met one other arch & anther before hand, & there was one leaving her interview just before mine....thats 3 so far!!
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it seemed unfair to just take one person at a college for a certain subject...lonely.
Yes it is very lonely
I am the only Phil/Th student at my college and it's really, really depressing. Word of warning folks: try to avoid applying to a college which only has one place for your subject.
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Yes it is very lonely
I am the only Phil/Th student at my college and it's really, really depressing. Word of warning folks: try to avoid applying to a college which only has one place for your subject.
lol wow one place! thats like land economy, where there are like 2 places every college. Di you do this open application thing?
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Yes it is very lonely
I am the only Phil/Th student at my college and it's really, really depressing. Word of warning folks: try to avoid applying to a college which only has one place for your subject.
Oh no, I am going to be the only one studying arch and anth. Surely this would encourage mixing with members of other colleges?
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Oh no, I am going to be the only one studying arch and anth. Surely this would encourage mixing with members of other colleges?
Well you would have thought so but mine is a small subject (only 23 in the first year across the whole university) and most of these people are in colleges with at least one other person doing the subject. It can be quite isolating (well, in my experience) but now I'm kind of getting to know people in other colleges a bit better.

To whoever asked, no I didn't make an open application. When I applied, there were two places for phil/th in my college, but one of the fellows who did a lot of the teaching has dies since so they scaled back the number of places.
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Oh no, I am going to be the only one studying arch and anth. Surely this would encourage mixing with members of other colleges?
You'll still mix with people from other colleges within your subject, and you'll make friends within your college. But it is nice to have someone else in your college to give you a hand if need be, or to compare notes with. As a medic, I never have this problem, but I can understand hildabeast's plight!

Something I only noticed yesterday - there is a difference in socialising "patterns" (not a sociologist, so I don't know the technical terms) between larger subjects and smaller ones. Medics, for example, are often viewed as being quite "cliquey" because there are quite a lot of us (12 in Clare) and we know each other very well as we have so much contact time together (plus we have an unfortunate habit of discussing dissection at lunchtime!). We make friends in other colleges, but these are generally only people we do practicals with and so on. If we do formal swaps, all the medics from one college go to another, and then there will be a return formal.

However, in smaller subjects everyone seems to know everyone and if you have formals, then everyone just goes to one college. This would never happen with medics, as there are just too many of us (plus, to get 300 first year medics together and add wine and pennies would be absolute carnage )

OK, waffle over. You won't be too lonely, I'm sure!
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You'll still mix with people from other colleges within your subject, and you'll make friends within your college. But it is nice to have someone else in your college to give you a hand if need be, or to compare notes with. As a medic, I never have this problem, but I can understand hildabeast's plight!

Something I only noticed yesterday - there is a difference in socialising "patterns" (not a sociologist, so I don't know the technical terms) between larger subjects and smaller ones. Medics, for example, are often viewed as being quite "cliquey" because there are quite a lot of us (12 in Clare) and we know each other very well as we have so much contact time together (plus we have an unfortunate habit of discussing dissection at lunchtime!). We make friends in other colleges, but these are generally only people we do practicals with and so on. If we do formal swaps, all the medics from one college go to another, and then there will be a return formal.

However, in smaller subjects everyone seems to know everyone and if you have formals, then everyone just goes to one college. This would never happen with medics, as there are just too many of us (plus, to get 300 first year medics together and add wine and pennies would be absolute carnage )

OK, waffle over. You won't be too lonely, I'm sure!
Thanks, the waffle was quite helpful. Although, I think my situation could be a lot more lonlier (sp?) than beast's because there are hundreds of grads and just about 80 undergrads at my college, plus my college is a bit far away.......im beginning to wonder..............
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Oh no, I am going to be the only one studying arch and anth. Surely this would encourage mixing with members of other colleges?

YAY!!! Another arch & anther!!

Is there anyway of finding out how many people were made offers for certain subject at certain colleges?
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YAY!!! Another arch & anther!!

Is there anyway of finding out how many people were made offers for certain subject at certain colleges?
Hey, what College?

I get the impression that Cambridge colleges are very unwilling to give this info out, but I'm sure once you get to know the tutors they will tell you.

Well they offer about 60 places, and Arch and Anth is offered at all colleges......and given that about 12 of these places are at Girton, I would suspect that there will be another lonely arch and anther out there somewhere.

*just realised that I have assumed you are going to Cam, but I think that's a fair assumption*
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Hey, what College?

I get the impression that Cambridge colleges are very unwilling to give this info out, but I'm sure once you get to know the tutors they will tell you.

Well they offer about 60 places, and Arch and Anth is offered at all colleges......and given that about 12 of these places are at Girton, I would suspect that there will be another lonely arch and anther out there somewhere.

*just realised that I have assumed you are going to Cam, but I think that's a fair assumption*
Well my offer is for Cambridge...whether I go or not depends how much work I force myself into, AAA is proving harder than I thought! My offer is for Newnham, I think they take 3/4 people a year, they have 2 Director of Studies people, one archaeology & one social anthropology so I doubt I'll be the only one. 60? I didn't know it was so many!
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Well my offer is for Cambridge...whether I go or not depends how much work I force myself into, AAA is proving harder than I thought! My offer is for Newnham, I think they take 3/4 people a year, they have 2 Director of Studies people, one archaeology & one social anthropology so I doubt I'll be the only one. 60? I didn't know it was so many!

Oh, Newnham......have you spoken to Haz? She is a first year Newnham person studying arch and anth........AND she is also from Wales (I think) !!!

My college doesn't have a DOS!!!!!!
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