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Provided I get offers from Imperial (A*A*A) and Oxford (A*AA) - this I think this will be rare due to PAT and interviews - would it make sense to put Oxford as my insurance? This seems a bit cocky to me but I'm not sure. Imperial is the higher offer and I want to go there more (I believe it has the better science department and graduate employability) but putting Oxford as my insurance seems like unheard of.
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Provided I get offers from Imperial (A*A*A) and Oxford (A*AA) - this I think this will be rare due to PAT and interviews - would it make sense to put Oxford as my insurance? This seems a bit cocky to me but I'm not sure. Imperial is the higher offer and I want to go there more (I believe it has the better science department and graduate employability) but putting Oxford as my insurance seems like unheard of.
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think about this more please ... oxford looks so good on a cv i think you need to consider what an opportunity you have here, and what doors oxford will open with you
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think about this more please ... oxford looks so good on a cv i think you need to consider what an opportunity you have here, and what doors oxford will open with you
The man wants what the man wants. There's no point in going to Oxford just for the sake of the name.
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Provided I get offers from Imperial (A*A*A) and Oxford (A*AA) - this I think this will be rare due to PAT and interviews - would it make sense to put Oxford as my insurance? This seems a bit cocky to me but I'm not sure. Imperial is the higher offer and I want to go there more (I believe it has the better science department and graduate employability) but putting Oxford as my insurance seems like unheard of.
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Of course, if you prefer Imperial then why not?
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If you prefer Imperial chose it. There are people I know who went to Oxford yet earn less than went to non Russell Groups and Imperial in itself is still fantastic
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If you prefer Imperial chose it. There are people I know who went to Oxford yet earn less than went to non Russell Groups and Imperial in itself is still fantastic
I would definitely prefer to go to Imperial but Oxford may look down on people who put them as their insurance. But how would it make sense to put Imperial as insurance if it has higher grades?
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I would definitely prefer to go to Imperial but Oxford may look down on people who put them as their insurance. But how would it make sense to put Imperial as insurance if it has higher grades?
It would make sense to put oxford as the insurance since it is the lower offer. Imperial is amazing and if that's where you wanna go, then it's where you wanna go.

And if Oxford want to throw a hissy fit over it/look down on you then was it the type of atmosphere you wanted to study at for 3/4 years?
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I would definitely prefer to go to Imperial but Oxford may look down on people who put them as their insurance. But how would it make sense to put Imperial as insurance if it has higher grades?
Wut? It won't affect any offer if you insure Oxford.

Your 5 choices don't know who the other choices are, until after you have accepted your Firm and Insurance offers.

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Provided I get offers from Imperial (A*A*A) and Oxford (A*AA) - this I think this will be rare due to PAT and interviews - would it make sense to put Oxford as my insurance? This seems a bit cocky to me but I'm not sure. Imperial is the higher offer and I want to go there more (I believe it has the better science department and graduate employability) but putting Oxford as my insurance seems like unheard of.
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A small number of offer-holders opt to put Oxford as insurance which is one of the reasons the colleges make Open Offers and/or over offer.

Applicants are free agents: once we make an offer, the ball is in the candidate's court. A few decide on another UK University or an overseas University (mainly international applicants).
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A small number of offer-holders opt to put Oxford as insurance which is one of the reasons the colleges make Open Offers and/or over offer.

Applicants are free agents: once we make an offer, the ball is in the candidate's court. A few decide on another UK University or an overseas University (mainly international applicants).
If the applicant puts Oxford as their insurance, do they lose any benefits that a firm applicant would have (choice of college/accommodation etc)? That may sound like a really silly question so sorry if it is.
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If you want to go to imperial why go through the effort of applying to oxford?
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If you want to go to imperial why go through the effort of applying to oxford?
In case they don't get an offer from Imperial I imagine... and as an Insurance.
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A*AA is still a high offer and Oxford won't let you in unless you meet that so I would be careful to ensure you will get A*AA. However, if you're confident you'll get A*AA minimum and could go on to get A*A*A then I think putting Imperial as a firm choice and Oxford as an insurance makes sense.
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If you want to go to imperial why go through the effort of applying to oxford?
If you want to go to x university, why go through the effort of applying for four other universities?
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If you want to go to x university, why go through the effort of applying for four other universities?
Exactly haha, I want to go to both OxF and ICL but I might not get offers from certain ones
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A*AA is still a high offer and Oxford won't let you in unless you meet that
On what do you base that assertion?
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Provided I get offers from Imperial (A*A*A) and Oxford (A*AA) - this I think this will be rare due to PAT and interviews - would it make sense to put Oxford as my insurance?
This is one of those "nice problem to have" questions.

It makes sense to firm the place that you most want to go to, regardless of the name. Both are world-class. Have you visited both?
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If you want to go to x university, why go through the effort of applying for four other universities?
It's just that the oxbridge application process requires a lot more time and effort than other applications.
That said op, if you aren't 100% about being able to get at least 1 A* at a-level then putting oxford as an insurance would be a bad idea. If you get AAA you would go straight into clearing...
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This is one of those "nice problem to have" questions.

It makes sense to firm the place that you most want to go to, regardless of the name. Both are world-class. Have you visited both?
I have visited Oxford and am going to ICL in September. This is the problem though. I prefer Imperial because of its strong science/engineering departments and the feeling of London. However, I don't want to be the person who turns down an offer from Oxford because how could you? It's Oxford. One of the most prestigious unis in the world.
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I have visited Oxford and am going to ICL in September. This is the problem though. I prefer Imperial because of its strong science/engineering departments and the feeling of London. However, I don't want to be the person who turns down an offer from Oxford because how could you? It's Oxford. One of the most prestigious unis in the world.
They're both excellent, so it's not as if you'd be making an obviously bad choice. Beyond that, it's 3-4 years of your life, so you should chose what suits you best.

I read Engineering and Computing Science at Oxford (long ago). Personally, I'd chose Oxford (it's a lot cheaper too), but it's just that, a personal decision.

You're probably over-thinking it though - I'd be happy with an offer from one of them. Good luck.
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