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    If so Why?

    *rejected* typo in the title
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    I know several people in fact who were rejected by other universities (e.g. Southampton, UCL and Bristol if I recall correctly) but were accepted by Oxford.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I know several people in fact who were rejected by other universities (e.g. Southampton, UCL and Bristol if I recall correctly) but were accepted by Oxford.
    Why do you think this happens?

    I'm a bit worried that other universities may suspect that I'm applying to Oxford due to early submission(plus my tutor mentioned in my reference that I'm the first pupil to apply to Oxford in my school) and might not give me an offer as a result?
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    (Original post by teenhorrorstory)
    Why do you think this happens?

    I'm a bit worried that other universities may suspect that I'm applying to Oxford due to early submission(plus my tutor mentioned in my reference that I'm the first pupil to apply to Oxford in my school) and might not give me an offer as a result?
    I don't think that's something you should worry about. A university isn't going to reject somebody just because they think they're applying to Oxbridge!
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    (Original post by teenhorrorstory)
    Why do you think this happens?

    I'm a bit worried that other universities may suspect that I'm applying to Oxford due to early submission(plus my tutor mentioned in my reference that I'm the first pupil to apply to Oxford in my school) and might not give me an offer as a result?
    The obvious reason why this happens is that Oxford has more detailed information, by the time they've added an admissions test and interviews to the original UCAS application, than other universities see. Another issue might be the A-level grade requirements. In Humanities and Social Sciences the standard offer at Oxford is AAA (because the tests, written work and interviews are thought to be more reliable) whereas for a number of high demand universities with only UCAS info to go on the offer is A*AA or even higher. Someone predicted AAA will be considered by Oxford but not by a University with an A*AA offer - then again, applicants predicted AAA shouldn't really apply to A*AA courses.

    Universities are sometimes accused of rejecting good applicants who apply early on the grounds that the university believes they are Oxbridge candidates and won't accept an offer from the other university if they get an offer from Oxford or Cambridge. This theory doesn't hold water mainly because there is no earthly reason for a university to do that. They have nothing to lose by making offers to good candidates. Some of those offers will be declined in favour of an Oxbridge offer but many more will be declined because of preferred offers from ICL, Bristol, Bath etc. It would make no sense to not make offers to some of the best applicants precisely because they were the best applicants and they applied early.
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    I only got into Oxford.

    It was a medicine application and I was very poorly informed and under-prepared. Thankfully, Oxford's prioritising of academics got me through, but everywhere else not so much.


    I do actually know of a situation where universities will automatically reject you if you did not put them as first choice, but it is not undergraduate or even a publicly-accessible applications process so not really worth going into.
 
 
 
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