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    Thinking of applying to Oxford and Durham for Eco n management, does it matter which college I apply to? For example would I be more likely to get into a college that takes more economics and management students/private school students? or should i pick a uni which i actually like n not base it on intake percentages???????? HELLLLLLLLLLLLP
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    (Original post by ineedA)
    Thinking of applying to Oxford and Durham for Eco n management, does it matter which college I apply to? For example would I be more likely to get into a college that takes more economics and management students/private school students? or should i pick a uni which i actually like n not base it on intake percentages???????? HELLLLLLLLLLLLP
    No, it doesn't. At Oxford they take great care to look at all appications across the colleges, and it sometimes happens that an application is re-routed from a college that is significantly over-subscribed to one that is less so, before the interview stage. At Durham, you are accepted by the faculty first, and then the college considers you. If the college you've applied to can't take you, your application is passed on to another.

    There is no point in trying to 'game' the system - applying for less 'popular' colleges or courses won't improve your chances of success.
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    (Original post by Minerva)
    No, it doesn't. At Oxford they take great care to look at all appications across the colleges, and it sometimes happens that an application is re-routed from a college that is significantly over-subscribed to one that is less so, before the interview stage. At Durham, you are accepted by the faculty first, and then the college considers you. If the college you've applied to can't take you, your application is passed on to another.

    There is no point in trying to 'game' the system - applying for less 'popular' colleges or courses won't improve your chances of success.
    Thank you so much! just to clarify, at durham the uni decides whether or not it wants you- and if it does, you are certain of a place? Also for oxford, more colleges accept more applicants for certain degrees than others, are you sure i'll have an equal chance applying for all colleges?
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    (Original post by ineedA)
    Thank you so much! just to clarify, at durham the uni decides whether or not it wants you- and if it does, you are certain of a place? Also for oxford, more colleges accept more applicants for certain degrees than others, are you sure i'll have an equal chance applying for all colleges?
    At Durham the department/faculty decides whether they want you or not and it would be most unusual for an applicant not to be offered a college, even if it wasn't the one they originally applied to.

    At Oxford, whichever course you apply for, you will have an equal chance across all colleges, as a great deal of trouble is taken to ensure a consistent standard across all applicants. Whether your chances will be improved by applying for one course rather than another is impossible to say, because it isn't just a matter of numbers of places. The essential thing is that you need to be able to convince them that you are really committed to that choice.
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    No, they have a system in place such that it doesn't matter. Choose the college you'd most like to live at for 3 years.
 
 
 
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