does anyone know if theres any truth in the idea that applying to one of Cambridge's all-girl colleges drastically ups your chances of acceptance?
Ashamed as I am to admit it, one of my reasons (though obviously no where near my main ones) for applying to Newnham was the wrong assumption I automatically increased my chances by 50%, it didn't take too long to realise I was incorrect! I do however think it's fair to say you have better, even if only slightly, chances at a womens college, but would stress the fact this is not valid reason for picking a college when there are far more important things to consider!
people should realise that even if you find an "easy" way in then you still have to cope with a very tough course once you get there.
I don't think that there is an easy way in!! I was pooled to New Hall from St Johns, and received an offer without interview. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, they have a two-day open day for offer-holders to look round! Personally I thibk that this is a good idea, because you can see for youself whther or not you think that it is an environment that you'll thrive in!