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Ok!

Before I get a barrage of posts saying how it varies from year to year etc. depends on quality of applicants etc etc..., I'm just wondering which colleges people think are the least competitive - statistically speaking!

Obviously colleges like Balliol, Christ Church etc are the most competitive..., what about the other end??

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In theory it shouldn't make any difference, something which is outlined in many threads on this site. Some colleges will have applicant numbers, but many of these may then be moved onto other colleges. Your odds of getting in are about the same wherever you apply, at least in theory.
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Everybody will say St. Hilda's, because it used to be women only, but is no longer. There's probably still a stigma of this lurking about - men might be put off applying - but having said that, open applications, pooling, and people like you, strategising, will even out the numbers, and no college will let you in unless you're Oxford material.
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You do understand the "pooling" system, don't you?
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You do understand the "pooling" system, don't you?
Yes!

But obviously, if you apply for a top notch college first time - you are less likely to be pooled as the quality of applicants is higher & therefore they are less likely to consider you to be of a high enough standard..

Though i theory it shouldn't make much difference, in practice, I'm sure it does..
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(Original post by King of TSR)
Yes!

But obviously, if you apply for a top notch college first time - you are less likely to be pooled as the quality of applicants is higher & therefore they are less likely to consider you to be of a high enough standard..

Though i theory it shouldn't make much difference, in practice, I'm sure it does..
They know the level they're looking for, and besides many if not all subjects now guarantee an interview at more than 1 college specifically to calibrate what one college thinks is a good/bad/indifferent student with another.
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(Original post by King of TSR)
Yes!

But obviously, if you apply for a top notch college first time - you are less likely to be pooled as the quality of applicants is higher & therefore they are less likely to consider you to be of a high enough standard..

Though i theory it shouldn't make much difference, in practice, I'm sure it does..
Isn't it the case that the more competetive the college, the more likely you are to be pooled. Oxford would know if you are of the calibre required, therefore making it more likely to be pooled from a college where the quality of applicants were of a particularly high standard.
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doesnt it change every year. I mean people will see the stats of the easiest college for 2006 for example and then for the 2007 cycle alot of people will apply there as a result. I doubt there is an easy college to get into with the statistics readily availible to everyone.
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Colleges lower down on the norrington table are stereotypically easier to get into.
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(Original post by King of TSR)
Yes!

But obviously, if you apply for a top notch college first time - you are less likely to be pooled as the quality of applicants is higher & therefore they are less likely to consider you to be of a high enough standard..

Though i theory it shouldn't make much difference, in practice, I'm sure it does..
If they "think you're of a high enough standard", chances are they'll make the effort to get you an interview elsewhere.
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doesnt it change every year. I mean people will see the stats of the easiest college for 2006 for example and then for the 2007 cycle alot of people will apply there as a result. I doubt there is an easy college to get into with the statistics readily availible to everyone.
Those oscillations in numbers of applicants to colleges is why they no longer publish application ratios by college.
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Ok?!!? I'm really sorry, I don't know what is wrong!!

If you decide not to go and get a life :P, you could always download a new internet browser and try it on that hahah!
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I already have 2!! How many does one little girl need to download a healthy amount of porn!
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Your browser must be lame, I just found it. Can't be bothered to do what it says with the rep and the PM though!
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Your browser must be lame, I just found it. Can't be bothered to do what it says with the rep and the PM though!
Firefox?

EDIT: Try using internet explorer, you'll see the message
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Firefox?

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Yeh, I've got firefox. Can you get internet explorer for apple?
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Yeh, I've got firefox. Can you get internet explorer for apple?
Yes, but you'd have to be some "special" sort of person to want to. I'm using Safari and I got to the end just fine.:rolleyes:
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Yes, but you'd have to be some "special" sort of person to want to. I'm using Safari and I got to the end just fine.:rolleyes:
I've got safari too - I'll try with that one
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Yay! Done it! - that was sooooooo not worth it!
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Note: Don't apply to Wadham for biology! The MOST popular college this year in terms of biology applicants (not sure about any other subject). 32 applicants this year for 6/7 places!! gawrh! And this was post-applicants pre-interview.
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