I'm an American applying to Oxford this year, and I've got a ton of questions.

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Like it says above, I'm an American and I don't know too much about the application process. I'm going to be applying to E&M. Some questions I have are:

What are the best and worst colleges to apply to and why? Is there a big difference in the quality of education between different colleges? Do different colleges have different acceptance rates?

Currently, I have seven 5's in ap testing. They're in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, English Language, World History, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, and AP Chemistry. I'll likely be taking AP Physics 2, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, and AP Comparative Government this year. Are 5's similar to an A or A* in the UK? Would they be competitive?

Thanks so much for your help!
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What about Cambridge it a lot prettier?
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Like it says above, I'm an American and I don't know too much about the application process. I'm going to be applying to E&M. Some questions I have are:

What are the best and worst colleges to apply to and why? Is there a big difference in the quality of education between different colleges? Do different colleges have different acceptance rates?

Currently, I have seven 5's in ap testing. They're in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, English Language, World History, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, and AP Chemistry. I'll likely be taking AP Physics 2, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, and AP Comparative Government this year. Are 5's similar to an A or A* in the UK? Would they be competitive?

Thanks so much for your help!
The department straddles all colleges so the standard of teaching is the same at each college. Because of Oxford's tutorial system though, you might choose to apply to a specific college because that's a specific professor's college (so you have tutorials with them - you will probably have lectures with this whichever college you go to). The difference between colleges is more subtle and is based upon things like space, accommodation, sporting clubs, architecture, food etc.
Have you checked the entry requirements webpage? It explains how APs (and SAT and ACT) are considered.
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Like it says above, I'm an American and I don't know too much about the application process. I'm going to be applying to E&M. Some questions I have are:

What are the best and worst colleges to apply to and why? Is there a big difference in the quality of education between different colleges? Do different colleges have different acceptance rates?

Currently, I have seven 5's in ap testing. They're in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, English Language, World History, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, and AP Chemistry. I'll likely be taking AP Physics 2, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, and AP Comparative Government this year. Are 5's similar to an A or A* in the UK? Would they be competitive?

Thanks so much for your help!
There is no difference in educational standards between colleges. There are no good or bad colleges they are all part of Oxford University. Look on TSR alternative prospectus for Oxford to get a flavour of the different vibes around the colleges. Some more left wing, some more right, some have a higher proportion of state schooled pupils. But all are good colleges. Obviously go on Oxford website and look at old threads on here. There is a current one 'Oxford dymstified' which is full of all types of info. Have a read of that.
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(Original post by Sanjayb)
Like it says above, I'm an American and I don't know too much about the application process. I'm going to be applying to E&M. Some questions I have are:

What are the best and worst colleges to apply to and why? Is there a big difference in the quality of education between different colleges? Do different colleges have different acceptance rates?

Currently, I have seven 5's in ap testing. They're in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, English Language, World History, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, and AP Chemistry. I'll likely be taking AP Physics 2, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, and AP Comparative Government this year. Are 5's similar to an A or A* in the UK? Would they be competitive?

Thanks so much for your help!
Hi Sanjayb

I have written a book called Oxford Demystified about applying to Oxford. All the colleges have the same high standards of education. All are hard to get into. They do not have different acceptance rates. They have a set amount of places for each subject at each college (although some colleges do not offer certain subjects). Please find below the link to the book. Please take on board, however, that E&M is the most difficult subject statistically to get in for.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...ighlight=Monty

Economics subject page. Note only 6% of applicants are successful.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...and-management

Reading list

http://www.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxfo...g_list_pdf.pdf

Reading list and interview questions:

http://www.oxfordinterviewquestions....ons/economics/

https://sites.google.com/site/oxbrid...and-management

https://www.timeshighereducation.com...view-questions

TSR old thread about getting in for E&M

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...358735&page=55

https://www.independent.co.uk/studen...-a6779006.html

http://www.econatuni.com/cms/20-ques...nt-interviews/

https://www.tutor2u.net/economics/bl...idge-economics

Youtube good interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzwxQ164FE0

Bad economics interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snol9dIz6Ds

Why Oxford for E&M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmYvWzSfao

https://www.quora.com/I-have-an-inte...ces-of-success

http://apply.oxfordsu.org/courses/ec...nd-management/
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In the end- you get the degree from the University of Oxford and not the college you go to in that Uni. It is better to look at the social life, sizes, aesthetics, culture and accommodation rather than "which is better"- they're very much similar. However, have a look at the Norrington table (which compares the academic rankings between colleges. Magdalen, St Johns and Balliol seem to be the more academically competitive ones imho. However, since you get the degree from the Uni rather than College, no one really cares or can see where you studied in Uni of Oxford- so it might be better to go to a more relaxed one.

Ivy League stuff has wayy more prestige- I would genuinely suggest those over anything in the UK.
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Yes, the above post has raised another issue - being from overseas you will not benefit from the student loans available in the uk, so maybe the Ivy League us unis May be the answer?

On the other hand Exeter college had an exchange program with Williams college in the USA. Selected students were able to study in Oxford for a year. They loved it and they said dining in the 17c hall was like something out of Harry Potter. Because of the American connection, they host the best thanksgiving dinner in Oxford. After the meal, they clear the tables and have a *** down, with everyone f
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.. dancing in their gowns. One of the American students had to leave part way through their year, as they had received an offer they couldn’t refuse from Morgan Stanley
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Please take on board, however, that E&M is the most difficult subject statistically to get in for...

Economics subject page. Note only 6% of applicants are successful.
The doesn't mean it's the most difficult to be accepted for, only the one for which the smallest percentage of applicants is accepted.

The Great North Run isn't harder to win than the Olympic marathon just because you have to beat out more competitors.

Anecdotally, from TSR and elsewhere, E&M (because promising riches) attracts a lot of hail mary applications, many of these from overseas. The PS checkers here will tell you that they are often risible, "I will be pride of all Utter Pradesh if accepted at famous university of Oxfrods." The first sift, then, is ferocious. A candidate going into the second sift, the interview for E&M, is more likely to be accepted than is her friend who's being interviewed for Geography.
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I was told that this Hail Mary approach was also a feature of some med school applicants.

If you get to the interview stage, the chances are 1in 3 for everyone, whatever subject you are studying. That’s great odds
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Sorry phone stuck so cannot see if I wrote this in one of my above posts

To really stand out you must find an aspect of economics that really grabs you and research it. Make it as niche as possible and include it in your ps so that the tutors will find something interesting to discuss at interview. Also practice the admissions test, as this will play a key part in whether or not you are called to interview
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