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    Hi all, I am a HS student from the states currently researching some British universities I want to apply to: St Andrews, UCL, Durham definitely and I am considering Glasgow, Exeter, Bath, Warwick and Manchester.

    I want to study History or Social Anthropology at these universities and want to know how competitive they are. I know that it is less competitive for international students since we pay tuition, but what are their overall acceptance rates?

    Thank you!
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    This is not gonna be an answer that spoonfeeds you, but please do bear with me - "teach a man to fish" and all that..

    You can check out the acceptance rates for each uni/course here: http://university.which.co.uk/ Each course has a page that lists various details, including the % of applicants receiving offers.

    This site https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ is useful for seeing the average UCAS tariff points of each course you are interested in. It has multiple sections per uni course. For example, I searched for UCL History: https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subje...eturnTo/Search If you navigate to the "Entry Information" tab, you can find qualifications and the average points of offer holders.

    I think that it's important to point out that a high acceptance ratio doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of the competition. A 25% acceptance rate for History at Oxbridge doesn't sound awfully high, but you can bet that the applicants self-select and that the competition is tougher than other unis with a similar rate.
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    (Original post by JohnsonK10)
    Hi all, I am a HS student from the states currently researching some British universities I want to apply to: St Andrews, UCL, Durham definitely and I am considering Glasgow, Exeter, Bath, Warwick and Manchester.

    I want to study History or Social Anthropology at these universities and want to know how competitive they are. I know that it is less competitive for international students since we pay tuition, but what are their overall acceptance rates?

    Thank you!
    Your use of the term acceptance rates makes me think you might be American?

    Anyway, because of the system of offers, you have an offer rate. Not everyone who gets an offer will make it through (obviously), so that's where you'll find another figure called "applicants-per-place ratio".

    Just some info you might find useful while you're researching. Because if you google something like "acceptance rate oxford", you'll probably get the applicants-per-place figure, which isn't representative necessarily of the offer rate (which is what you'll be going for)
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    You can definitely get into St Andrews, they like the extra money foreign students bring in
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    (Original post by Student403)
    Your use of the term acceptance rates makes me think you might be American?

    Anyway, because of the system of offers, you have an offer rate. Not everyone who gets an offer will make it through (obviously), so that's where you'll find another figure called "applicants-per-place ratio".

    Just some info you might find useful while you're researching. Because if you google something like "acceptance rate oxford", you'll probably get the applicants-per-place figure, which isn't representative necessarily of the offer rate (which is what you'll be going for)
    Thanks a lot!! I posted this question onto college confidential and got most of the answers I wanted

    1. St Andrews - 39%
    2. UCL - 44%
    3. Manchester - 62%
    4. Warwick - 63%
    5. Bath - 69%
    6. Exeter - 80%
    7. Durham and Glasgow - N/A

    But no stats for Durham and Glasgow - anyone know where i can find them?
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    (Original post by JohnsonK10)
    Thanks a lot!! I posted this question onto college confidential and got most of the answers I wanted

    1. St Andrews - 39%
    2. UCL - 44%
    3. Manchester - 62%
    4. Warwick - 63%
    5. Bath - 69%
    6. Exeter - 80%
    7. Durham and Glasgow - N/A

    But no stats for Durham and Glasgow - anyone know where i can find them?
    No worries

    Be careful though - I would remind you that those figures are pretty useless in terms of what they show: unlike with US unis where you generally apply to the university as a whole, you have to apply to a specific course per uni. So the 44% at UCL isn't representative of a competitive course like medicine (which will be much lower than 44%), or a vastly less competitive course (can't think of an example but I know they exist).

    At Imperial College London for example, you might get a stat of 45% (idk). But Electrical Engineering is about 70% which is really good, but Mech Engineering is about 28% which is really low given the standard of people applying

    There are some websites like whatdotheyknow which will give you really good course specific stats. Or if you can't find it, you can ask the question yourself and a representative should get back to you with the answer
 
 
 
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