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    I was just wondering - someone in my year just got rejected from Oxford (Computer Science), even though he is REALLY clever... I'm not just saying that because he's my friend, but because he's much better than me, and could be at any subject he turned his mind to. I think he's predicted 5 A*s... Is there any way of emailing Oxford to ask them to reconsider?
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    Computer science had 14.3 applicants per place, he should request his MAT score and ask for feedback, but I think it's very unlikely that they would retract their decision

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    Okay, it was a long shot, but thanks
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    It's disappointing that smart very capable people get rejected, but the most important thing is building on it and making sure you're still successful

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    (Original post by MedAppli)
    Computer science had 14.3 applicants per place, he should request his MAT score and ask for feedback, but I think it's very unlikely that they would retract their decision

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    That's not really accurate. For straight Computer Science, there were 336 applications, of which 113 got shortlisted for interview and 37 offers were made. So, I assume that the above mentioned person got to the interview stage and from there the competition seems like 3 candidates per place. ( 336 candidates for 37 places is still better than 14 per place, even than 10 per place).
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    (Original post by Bofur)
    I was just wondering - someone in my year just got rejected from Oxford (Computer Science), even though he is REALLY clever... I'm not just saying that because he's my friend, but because he's much better than me, and could be at any subject he turned his mind to. I think he's predicted 5 A*s... Is there any way of emailing Oxford to ask them to reconsider?
    So are most applicants.
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    (Original post by arslany)
    That's not really accurate. For straight Computer Science, there were 336 applications, of which 113 got shortlisted for interview and 37 offers were made. So, I assume that the above mentioned person got to the interview stage and from there the competition seems like 3 candidates per place. ( 336 candidates for 37 places is still better than 14 per place, even than 10 per place).
    There was 22 places last year, these are the admissions statistics Pembroke sent me

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    (Original post by MedAppli)
    There was 22 places last year, these are the admissions statistics Pembroke sent me

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    Those are the official statistics for 2013-2014: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ugadmissions/...Report2013.pdf

    And for 2014-2015: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ugadmissions/...Report2014.pdf

    It seems like Pembroke does not even offer CompSci.
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    (Original post by MedAppli)
    Computer science had 14.3 applicants per place, he should request his MAT score and ask for feedback, but I think it's very unlikely that they would retract their decision

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    Where are you getting that figure from? It was more like 9:1 last year and has never been as high as 14:1
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    Which college?

    They almost certainly won't reconsider - they're very strict about that, because it would set a bad precedent (everyone who ever applied would appeal). Also, 5A*s doesn't necessarily mean a lot - it will be his mathematical ability they care about.

    Sorry to hear it, though - I know rejections are tough. Would he be willing to apply next year, if he can find out how to improve? If he's as intelligent as you say I'm sure he'll have an amazing life wherever he goes.
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    (Original post by RichE)
    Where are you getting that figure from? It was more like 9:1 last year and has never been as high as 14:1
    I expect it comes from this document: http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/CMS/files/C...15%20Cycle.pdf (although the document says 15.3 rather than 14.3)

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    (a) note the difference between applicants per offer, and applicants per place
    (b) there has been a significant increase in CS offers this year
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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    I expect it comes from this document: http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/CMS/files/C...15%20Cycle.pdf (although the document says 15.3 rather than 14.3)

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    (a) note the difference between applicants per offer, and applicants per place
    (b) there has been a significant increase in CS offers this year
    Fair enough - the figure exists somewhere - but I think it's also important to note the difference between "accepts" and "places". The CS Dept isn't aiming for 22 people studying CS; the admissions baselines for CS add up to 30.
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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    I expect it comes from this document: http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/CMS/files/C...15%20Cycle.pdf (although the document says 15.3 rather than 14.3)

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    (a) note the difference between applicants per offer, and applicants per place
    (b) there has been a significant increase in CS offers this year
    Wow 6.5 applicants per place this year for engineering science!
    Normally its between 4-5, I wonder why it increased so much this year.

    May I ask how accurate this is?
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    (Original post by Bofur)
    I was just wondering - someone in my year just got rejected from Oxford (Computer Science), even though he is REALLY clever... I'm not just saying that because he's my friend, but because he's much better than me, and could be at any subject he turned his mind to. I think he's predicted 5 A*s... Is there any way of emailing Oxford to ask them to reconsider?
    Oxford computer science was ridiculously competitive this year.I think the average score of the successful compscis on the maths exam was higher than that of successful maths students. Not sure about the exact ratio, but it was something like 9 to 1. Much more competitive than in recent years.

    See this document.

    http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ugadmissions/...Report2014.pdf
 
 
 
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