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    (Original post by valgal)
    I'll keep a lookout for them! Did you apply to schools in the US as well?
    No, I live in the UK now, so I decided not to (I think I'd have to take more tests, which is too much).
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    It's meant to be a letter... I already emailed Brasenose and they said they'd email me the decision tomorrow if it still didn't come... The post can't be that slow though, I've received other letters since!
    This does sound rather disturbing ... I don't know what to say except to keep on them if it doesn't come in.
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    (Original post by fablereader)
    No, I live in the UK now, so I decided not to (I think I'd have to take more tests, which is too much).
    Yeah, I don't know what the US colleges expect for tests from international students. Usually they look at SAT's or ACT's and the SAT Subject Tests, although some don't require any tests at all, just your transcript grades. By this point I'm sick to death of tests! Best of luck in choosing your uni! I can't wait for this Oxford torment to be over. Not knowing is excruciating.
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    (Original post by valgal)
    Yeah, I don't know what the US colleges expect for tests from international students. Usually they look at SAT's or ACT's and the SAT Subject Tests, although some don't require any tests at all, just your transcript grades. By this point I'm sick to death of tests! Best of luck in choosing your uni! I can't wait for this Oxford torment to be over. Not knowing is excruciating.
    Thanks! Good luck to you too!
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    I can only comment on Durham and London (not UCL specifically). They will be very different university experiences. Durham is a very pretty, small city with an amazing cathedral (some of Harry Potter filmed there) and castle. You have a similar college system to Oxford although it is not as rigid. Because the town is so small it is easy to socialise with people right across the university regardless of your course or college. The uni facilities are fantastic and it is particularly known for its sport, again facilities are amazing and everything is close so it's easy to participate. Nightlife etc will be a bit more limited although you are very close to Newcastle (10 minutes on a train) which has some of the best nightlife the country. It is also near 2 national parks and the coast with some stunning beaches. It has one of the best reps of any English uni.

    London is, well, London with some of the best museums and culture in the world. However it is very expensive to live in and people can live an hour or more from the uni so to meet up with friends you may find yourself travelling 4 hours there and back. Equally sports facilities are out of the centre so you have to be keen otherwise it just be a hassle. Have I said it is expensive?

    Both will offer fantastic education so for it is me it is more about what type of student experience you are looking for. Hope that helps.
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    (Original post by ifnotnow)
    I can only comment on Durham and London (not UCL specifically). They will be very different university experiences. Durham is a very pretty, small city with an amazing cathedral (some of Harry Potter filmed there) and castle. You have a similar college system to Oxford although it is not as rigid. Because the town is so small it is easy to socialise with people right across the university regardless of your course or college. The uni facilities are fantastic and it is particularly known for its sport, again facilities are amazing and everything is close so it's easy to participate. Nightlife etc will be a bit more limited although you are very close to Newcastle (10 minutes on a train) which has some of the best nightlife the country. It is also near 2 national parks and the coast with some stunning beaches. It has one of the best reps of any English uni.

    London is, well, London with some of the best museums and culture in the world. However it is very expensive to live in and people can live an hour or more from the uni so to meet up with friends you may find yourself travelling 4 hours there and back. Equally sports facilities are out of the centre so you have to be keen otherwise it just be a hassle. Have I said it is expensive?

    Both will offer fantastic education so for it is me it is more about what type of student experience you are looking for. Hope that helps.
    Thanks for all the info-- yes, very helpful!
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    (Original post by auburnstar)
    Fair. Just something to consider I suppose as some people re-apply for the heck of it and to be fair there's nothing to lose save 24 pounds for UCAS, some dignity and the expense of a Skype call/train journey.
    The 'known-ness' of a uni shouldn't matter so much unless you're going to be immediately applying for top end jobs afterwards in the US. But yes, I get the concern.

    They want a reference from a professor and a statement of 'release'. I would say however it's probably more advantageous to get a reference from high school teacher (who would know you far better) and submit the UCAS app as normal without much if any reference to undergrad.
    Is that considered cheating to omit the fact that you are attending another university?
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    (Original post by valgal)
    In limbo, still waiting to hear back definitively from Oxford, and pondering St. Andrews, Edinburgh, UCL and Durham in the meanwhile... I'm from the US so would appreciate any insights about them. Thanks.
    Ayy I'm from the US too and visited Durham UCL and Edinburgh while I was in uk for interviews. Out of those 3 I liked UCL the most (I applied for archaeology btw) because I toured their department/some of their labs and really liked the course. Their campus is city based so even though the main buildings are generally together it's spread out (I'm from NYC so it really reminded me of NYU but with pretty Victorian style buildings).

    Durham was really lovely, the people there were super approachable and nice (my tour guide invited me out with her friends after showing me around) which I didn't expect. Durham is really small and seems quiet, and life seems pretty university centered but is really pretty and tranquil (and Newcastle is 15 minutes by train and has great nightlife).

    Edinburgh, like UCL, is a city uni and is more spread out and feels much larger. The city is absolutely gorgeous I walked around for like 4 hours just looking at the buildings and wandering through cobbled streets and felt very lively. However, the actual university didn't make the best impression on me: when I toured the department people there didn't seem as interested in the subject (though in fairness this was end of term so everyone was probably wiped out) and the facilities at UCL seemed better. There also didn't seem to be as much of a community as I saw at Durham, where while walking around with my guide she would see a lot of people she knew and wave/say hi to them and it felt like people rly knew each other, but again this is probably due to the size of Durham + the collegiate system.

    Anyways, I hope this helped a bit I just wanted to put my 2 cents in and good luck with hearing back from Oxford!!!
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    (Original post by amygracebroad)
    Rejection from Brasenose for History, received the letter this evening. Really gutted, trying to reassure people that I'm okay but honestly I'm really not. Just feel like a huge disappointment, and feel like I've let everyone down who had their hopes up for me. Feel like I've let myself down too, because I really thought I could do it. Now praying for an offer from St Andrews and hopefully everything will be alright in the end.

    Congratulations to everyone who got offers! Have strangely enjoyed this really stressful journey.
    Speaking from the personal experience of being rejected from my first choice uni after missing the grades... it's less than great initially, and I totally get the disappointment aspect when you've probably been receiving that caustic, throwaway 'you're going to get in' type of comment.

    But this is short lived. Dramatically stick a middle finger up to the world, and move on, and prove that you've way more to offer. People know that you do too - else they wouldn't have hopes for you in the first place. To get an interview was a huge achievement, and you could have done it - **** happens, and Oxford loses countless brilliant candidates every year.

    I feel Oxford is regarded as being more venerable than it actually is. Whole grass is greener thing. Really, humans are all just blobby atomic masses with no idea what we're doing.

    St. Andrews is a fantastic university, I have a friend studying there who's having the best time, but wherever you go, whatever you do, will be fantastic. Good luck!

    (This applies to anyone who's disappointed over Oxford. It'll be okay.)
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    (Original post by kattur)
    Ayy I'm from the US too and visited Durham UCL and Edinburgh while I was in uk for interviews. Out of those 3 I liked UCL the most (I applied for archaeology btw) because I toured their department/some of their labs and really liked the course. Their campus is city based so even though the main buildings are generally together it's spread out (I'm from NYC so it really reminded me of NYU but with pretty Victorian style buildings). Durham was really lovely, the people there were super approachable and nice (my tour guide invited me out with her friends after showing me around) which I didn't expect. Durham is really small and seems quiet, and life seems pretty university centered but is really pretty and tranquil (and Newcastle is 15 minutes by train and has great nightlife). Edinburgh, like UCL, is a city uni and is more spread out and feels much larger. The city is absolutely gorgeous I walked around for like 4 hours just looking at the buildings and wandering through cobbled streets and felt very lively. However, the actual university didn't make the best impression on me: when I toured the department people there didn't seem as interested in the subject (though in fairness this was end of term so everyone was probably wiped out) and the facilities at UCL seemed better. There also didn't seem to be as much of a community as I saw at Durham, where while walking around with my guide she would see a lot of people she knew and wave/say hi to them and it felt like people rly knew each other , but again this is probably due to the size of Durham + the collegiate system. Anyways, I hope this helped a bit I just wanted to put my 2 cents in and good luck with hearing back from Oxford!!!
    Thanks! I didn't have a chance to visit other universities while in the UK for interviews because I had to get back home right away for exams. I love London, so that is a big draw for me. But haven't heard back from UCL yet, so don't know if that will be an option, only have the offers for sure at the other three so far. I have several friends who go to St. Andrews, and they are really happy there, too. Did you receive your decision letter from Oxford?
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    (Original post by elen90)
    Speaking from the personal experience of being rejected from my first choice uni after missing the grades... it's less than great initially, and I totally get the disappointment aspect when you've probably been receiving that caustic, throwaway 'you're going to get in' type of comment.

    But this is short lived. Dramatically stick a middle finger up to the world, and move on, and prove that you've way more to offer. People know that you do too - else they wouldn't have hopes for you in the first place. To get an interview was a huge achievement, and you could have done it - **** happens, and Oxford loses countless brilliant candidates every year.

    I feel Oxford is regarded as being more venerable than it actually is. Whole grass is greener thing. Really, humans are all just blobby atomic masses with no idea what we're doing.

    St. Andrews is a fantastic university, I have a friend studying there who's having the best time, but wherever you go, whatever you do, will be fantastic. Good luck!

    (This applies to anyone who's disappointed over Oxford. It'll be okay.)
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    Did you receive your decision letter from Oxford?
    Yeah I got an offer at st. Hugh's!!! (still can't quite believe it tbh)
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    (Original post by kattur)
    Yeah I got an offer at st. Hugh's!!! (still can't quite believe it tbh)
    Congrats! You must be thrilled!
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    Is that considered cheating to omit the fact that you are attending another university?
    The fact is that I don't think (could be wrong) UCAS has any necessary section to say whether you are studying at another university or not. Obviously, it is a questionable thing to do but I'd imagine that you would have to show them extra maturity/knowledge/held to higher standard because they don't want to poach bright kids from other unis.
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    Yeah I got an offer at st. Hugh's!!! (still can't quite believe it tbh)
    Congratulations!!
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    The fact is that I don't think (could be wrong) UCAS has any necessary section to say whether you are studying at another university or not.
    We respectfully disagree. Section 6 of the UCAS form requires candidates to make full disclosure of their educational history. After completing each section, UCAS also requires candidates to state that the contents are complete and accurate.

    Failure to disclose information that a candidate is required to disclose is misrepresentation and the colleges and University could take action if it was discovered (such as rejection of the application or even withdrawal of an offer).

    Brasenose admissions

    6. Full education history
    You must enter all your qualifications from secondary education onwards – whether you have the result (even any that were ungraded) or you’re still awaiting exams and results.
    For course results you're still waiting for, these are the exam results we're able to process and forward on to unis and colleges. If any of your pending qualifications aren't on here, you still need to add them to your application, but also remember you’ll need to send the results on to your chosen universities and colleges when you get them.
    If you studied at a uni or college but didn't finish the course, you still need to enter these details. Include the start and finish date, and state that you didn't receive any qualifications there.
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    Yeah I got an offer at st. Hugh's!!! (still can't quite believe it tbh)
    Another Hugh's person! What did you apply for?
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    Haha, that was put up a while back when I was absolutely convinced I was going to Durham. It's a tad complicated, but -
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    I reapplied to Durham's Chinese course after the rejection, but at the same time thought I might as well apply to Oxford on a gap year just for the hell of doing the interview. I got my offer from Durham and was over the moon, did the Oxford interview in a state of chill, then found out the other day that Oxford has accepted me. It's a nice position to be in but I'm really struggling to decide between the two as I was entirely prepared for Durham!



    Either way, it's proof that after initial dejection it works out. If both had rejected me I'd be going to another fantabulous uni anyway. Que sera, sera

    I do still want to breed alpacas though.
 
 
 
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