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    I've decided that I'm going to apply to Cambridge and am now in the process of choosing a college. At AS I didn't get the best grades out there (in terms of ums) and was wondering whether that would be a limiting factor in applying to a lot of really popular/competitive colleges? Would you guys recommend applying to a less prestigious college in hope that it would boost my chances of being made an offer? I'm applying to do Mathematics if that helps.
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    (Original post by SamDavies1998)
    I've decided that I'm going to apply to Cambridge and am now in the process of choosing a college. At AS I didn't get the best grades out there (in terms of ums) and was wondering whether that would be a limiting factor in applying to a lot of really popular/competitive colleges? Would you guys recommend applying to a less prestigious college in hope that it would boost my chances of being made an offer? I'm applying to do Mathematics if that helps.
    Thank you!
    You can find your answer in OP of this thread.
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3554013
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    (Original post by SamDavies1998)
    I've decided that I'm going to apply to Cambridge and am now in the process of choosing a college. At AS I didn't get the best grades out there (in terms of ums) and was wondering whether that would be a limiting factor in applying to a lot of really popular/competitive colleges? Would you guys recommend applying to a less prestigious college in hope that it would boost my chances of being made an offer? I'm applying to do Mathematics if that helps.
    Thank you!
    In addition to vincrows's tip, it's worth noting that maths has much higher offers per applicant ratio than all the other courses at Cambridge. No matter which college you pick.

    The reason: STEP.

    STEP is a much more important factor than college "popularity".

    But you will need a reasonable UMS to get an offer from any college - what's your Maths UMS (if you don't mind)?
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    In addition to vincrows's tip, it's worth noting that maths has much higher offers per applicant ratio than all the other courses at Cambridge. No matter which college you pick.

    The reason: STEP.

    STEP is a much more important factor than college "popularity".

    But you will need a reasonable UMS to get an offer from any college - what's your Maths UMS (if you don't mind)?
    I've been participating in the STEP correspondence course since January so hopefully that will be beneficial.

    Maths 293/300
    Further maths 270/300
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    (Original post by SamDavies1998)
    I've been participating in the STEP correspondence course since January so hopefully that will be beneficial.

    Maths 293/300
    Further maths 270/300
    Cool. Should be fine for an interview - and then who knows

    Re college choice - I recently did a little analysis comparing Trinity with "less popular" colleges for maths. Trinity has a middling offer rate, and one of the highest acceptance rates (accepted/applicants).

    Pick the college you like - not because it's "easier" or "harder" for a subject.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Re college choice - I recently did a little analysis comparing Trinity with "less popular" colleges for maths. Trinity has a middling offer rate, and one of the highest acceptance rates (accepted/applicants).
    Self-selection, perhaps...?
 
 
 

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