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    Hey there, I have a first world problem - have to decide between Cambridge or Oxford for a Masters of Computer Science. Was surprised to get offers for both, having recently failed the Google / Facebook interviews.

    Here is my thinking at the moment:

    + Better reputation / rating for CS
    + Academics in interview asked excellent questions relevant to my experience
    + Prefer the campus - quiet, small, etc
    - Course focuses on preparing people for Phd, which I don't plan to do
    - Took a few months to get an offer, so I take it they were less interested in my application
    - Administration came across as dis-interested / arrogant

    + Courses available are of more interest
    + Received an offer within a week, so I guess they are keen for me to study there
    + Administration was polite, efficient
    + Where I live (commonwealth country) Oxford is more prestigious, probably because of Rhodes scholarship
    + Greater emphasis on preparing people for industry rather than just academia
    - Interview only covered basic theory (Big-O of various sorting algs, etc)
    - Have a friend studying there who says classmates are very competitive and focus on career (thought they study economics so may not be relevant)

    On this basis I am currently leaning towards Oxford...
    Some of these points are due to the people I interacted with in the application process and may not be relevant to the university as a whole, so I would love some feedback.
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