Wots the easist College in Oxford or Cambridge to get into medicine?

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(Original post by bOdOING2)
Sorry, couldnt find this post for ages, no im not a woman, and is not more biased towards applying to Oxford (Having just visited there), and ive heard open applications can be bad for u... can som1 plz suggest some easy colleges to get into for med??

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There are no specifically "easier" colleges to get into than others for something as competitive as Medicine. Apply for one you like.
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Btw, the colleges do know if you chose them as your first choice as then they ask you "why did you chose our college" whereas if you made an open offer then they know you were allocated to them and so they don't bother asking that question.

I'm not too hot on which collegs are more popular, but would expect Magdalen/Trinity/Corpus Christi/Christ Church would be competitive due to their famous names. what about worcester, wadham, sommerville, merton? Just a thought, as I said, I'm not v.clued up on actual "popularity" of colleges. If you are female, and are desperate to get in you probably stand a better chance applying to St Hilda's.

Personally though, I really wouldn't be worried about it. If they think you're good enough they'll make you an "open offer" like I was given which measn that your college think your wonderful, but they don't have room for you so you ARE guaranteed a place at Oxford, but your college won't be decided upon until after the exam results - ie. you will be given the place of someone who doesn't make their grades.
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here's a good resource for you....

http://www.ox.ac.uk/colleges/

Now go and research
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why not go for an open application instead? the applications per place ratios can be a lil misleading, cos they change every year, so if 300 people applyin for medicine se that one college had a low ratio they'll all go for that,increasing the odds of you beign successful. coming from a (very good) state school that generally send people to oxford though, we were advised to steer clear of the prestigious colleges, kings, trinity, st johns etc, cos there'd be too many applicants and there would still be a bias towards public school, no matter what they said. it worked...loads of us got offers, and the girl in my school who applied to kings, for english, got rejected, even though she's probably better than the other 2 girls who got in elsewhere.
thats just my opinion though, if you're a woman go for a womans college too? apparantly new hall is right next to churchill (70% men)
Which college have u got into??
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This will sound like I'm getting paid by Oxford admissions office to say this but I'm honnestly not:
1.Oxford Colleges do not now if you chose them or made an open application.
2.If you make an open application you will be allocated to a college with fewer applications
3.If you are a girl and make an open application prepare for St Hildas, as it has the fewest applications it is the most likely one you'll be allocated to (not good or bad but you may not want to go to a all girls college).
4.If you do not get into your first choice college at interview you are "pooled". This allows other colleges to pick up candidates who are talented enough but weren't the best at their first college. If you are good enough you will get in and your college choice won't matter.
5.You will be given but cannot choose second and third preferences.
6.I would advise you to apply somewhere you like, even if its hard to choose. Look at the alternative prospectus www.ousu.org this really helped me. This way you won't end up somewhere you really don't want to go.
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1.Oxford Colleges do not now if you chose them or made an open application..
Technically, yes. In reality it depends whether the tutors in college can recognise the handwriting of the guy working in the admissions office who fills in the forms of open applicants.

(Original post by house badger)
3.If you are a girl and make an open application prepare for St Hildas, as it has the fewest applications
Although that's often true it isn't always. I know girls who have made open applications and ended up in St Anne's and Pembroke. Hilda's gets the same number of female applicants as most other colleges (although it obviously has more places for women than elsewhere), but for certain courses it is actually becoming really really competitive (eg. English and ML). So lots of female open applicants end up here, but certainly not all.

Oh yeah, and I AM paid by the admissions office!!!
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Point one, tenuous.
Point 3, bit of selective quoting.

Apart from that fair comment
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Point one, tenuous.
Well, I actually know the guy who does it. I have seen the application forms. It is really obvious that his handwriting is different from the applicant's.
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(Original post by Hoofbeat)
Btw, the colleges do know if you chose them as your first choice as then they ask you "why did you chose our college" whereas if you made an open offer then they know you were allocated to them and so they don't bother asking that question.

I'm not too hot on which collegs are more popular, but would expect Magdalen/Trinity/Corpus Christi/Christ Church would be competitive due to their famous names. what about worcester, wadham, sommerville, merton? Just a thought, as I said, I'm not v.clued up on actual "popularity" of colleges. If you are female, and are desperate to get in you probably stand a better chance applying to St Hilda's.

Personally though, I really wouldn't be worried about it. If they think you're good enough they'll make you an "open offer" like I was given which measn that your college think your wonderful, but they don't have room for you so you ARE guaranteed a place at Oxford, but your college won't be decided upon until after the exam results - ie. you will be given the place of someone who doesn't make their grades.
Corpus would be tougher due to size more than name. They can't have more than 2-4 medics in a year
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just to give some statistics (& damn lies)..if you think 'easy' equates with a low ratio of applications to offers then:

Apply to - St Peter's (2.2), St. Catherine's (2.7) & St. Anne's (3.0)

all below the uni average of 4.6. some unexplained phenomenon with the 'St.' prefix..i don't know!

Do not apply to - Magdalen (8.0), Jesus (7.1) & Trinity (6.9)

figures are official uni stats & mean over the past three years..(although anecdotally for 2003 entry applications where much higher than past this!)

but..these colleges often pool a number of applicants, who then get offers from other colleges! so messing with the true picture a little..

& of course, everyone might look at these stats & everything change next year..lol.

anyway, i'd say apply where you like the look of! you could be spending quite a while living there & socialising there etc.
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(Original post by Elles)
just to give some statistics (& damn lies)..if you think 'easy' equates with a low ratio of applications to offers then:

Apply to - St Peter's (2.2), St. Catherine's (2.7) & St. Anne's (3.0)

all below the uni average of 4.6. some unexplained phenomenon with the 'St.' prefix..i don't know!

Do not apply to - Magdalen (8.0), Jesus (7.1) & Trinity (6.9)

figures are official uni stats & mean over the past three years..(although anecdotally for 2003 entry applications where much higher than past this!)

but..these colleges often pool a number of applicants, who then get offers from other colleges! so messing with the true picture a little..

& of course, everyone might look at these stats & everything change next year..lol.

anyway, i'd say apply where you like the look of! you could be spending quite a while living there & socialising there etc.
How on earth do those ratios work? 8 applications to 0 places or what? Can someone explain them in dummy language please
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How on earth do those ratios work? 8 applications to 0 places or what? Can someone explain them in dummy language please
It means there are 8 people applying for every 1 place that they have. E.G. if they have 10 places, then 80 people will be applying for them on average
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I know someone who actually paid a couple of hundred quid to some website to tell him which college was easiest for medicine. He followed their advice - apply to Somerville - and was offered a place. So it may be Somerville is one of the easier ones to get into. Either that or he was just lucky/had a good interview.
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I know someone who actually paid a couple of hundred quid to some website to tell him which college was easiest for medicine. He followed their advice - apply to Somerville - and was offered a place. So it may be Somerville is one of the easier ones to get into. Either that or he was just lucky/had a good interview.
That website is such a con - half of the 'services' they offer are statistics-based, and you can get that information free of charge from the admissions office!
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