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I was just rejected from Jesus college at Cambridge for computer science before being given an interview. I've heard that upwards of 80% of Cambridge applicants are interviewed and I would have thought that I would be part of that 80%. I have 4A* prediction and I am pretty sure that my personal statement was solid. I haven't received my entrance exam results (CTMUA) yet as we get them next week. Does anybody have any idea to why I would have been rejected?
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Maybe attendance to school or your overall behavior to school. Most universities don't look at that but as Cambridge being the best university in the UK, they probably do. Ask teachers or your friends maybe they'll have an idea.
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contact them now, could be an admin problem
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(Original post by Kaaiowo)
Maybe attendance to school or your overall behavior to school. Most universities don't look at that but as Cambridge being the best university in the UK, they probably do. Ask teachers or your friends maybe they'll have an idea.
That wouldn’t be a factor at all unless ops teacher mentioned something negative in his reference which I doubt very much.
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maybe they get to see your CTMUA results before you do ?

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(Original post by TheKurrydon99)
I was just rejected from Jesus college at Cambridge for computer science before being given an interview. I've heard that upwards of 80% of Cambridge applicants are interviewed and I would have thought that I would be part of that 80%. I have 4A* prediction and I am pretty sure that my personal statement was solid. I haven't received my entrance exam results (CTMUA) yet as we get them next week. Does anybody have any idea to why I would have been rejected?
What did you submit in your application? You need to go through that and rather than look for what's good, like 4A* predictions, you need to look at what was or could have been weak in your application. That then tells you where the bar is for applications in your subject this year.
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Maybe you were just boring in your personal statement? It's all well and good having the 4 A*s prediction and having really good grades, but if you've got nothing about you, i.e. you're dull, then it's not surprising you got rejected. Not suggesting you are dull or anything, I'm just speculating off of what I've been told because it seems odd you have been rejected with such good grades.
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(Original post by threeportdrift)
What did you submit in your application? You need to go through that and rather than look for what's good, like 4A* predictions, you need to look at what was or could have been weak in your application. That then tells you where the bar is for applications in your subject this year.
I'm not sure, I guess only the personal statement and the entrance exam results if they get them before us? I'm not certain if they have the results or not
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Maybe you were just boring in your personal statement? It's all well and good having the 4 A*s prediction and having really good grades, but if you've got nothing about you, i.e. you're dull, then it's not surprising you got rejected. Not suggesting you are dull or anything, I'm just speculating off of what I've been told because it seems odd you have been rejected with such good grades.
My personal statement was very research heavy, It was mainly talking very in-depth about quantum computing which my teachers said was good as it demonstrated knowledge but maybe it was not the best approach?
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My personal statement was very research heavy, It was mainly talking very in-depth about quantum computing which my teachers said was good as it demonstrated knowledge but maybe it was not the best approach?
I think thats good because it shows you have a passion for the subject and a drive to know more. But maybe you could have also talked about things to do with your social life (which links to communication skills/teamwork), like if you were in any clubs or did group projects, etc. Also, showing you have interests outside of computing/maths is good because it makes you seem less one dimensional.
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I think thats good because it shows you have a passion for the subject and a drive to know more. But maybe you could have also talked about things to do with your social life (which links to communication skills/teamwork), like if you were in any clubs or did group projects, etc. Also, showing you have interests outside of computing/maths is good because it makes you seem less one dimensional.
Hmm, not sure I agree with this. Cambridge themselves have said many times they only care about academics and couldn't care less about your outside interests.
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Hmm, not sure I agree with this. Cambridge themselves have said many times they only care about academics and couldn't care less about your outside interests.
Well that's new to me
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Well that's new to me
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....udents-prepare

"A student's participation (or not) in specific extra-curricular activities that are not relevant to the course applied for are not taken into account and do not affect their chances of being made an offer of a place at Cambridge."
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Hmm, not sure I agree with this. Cambridge themselves have said many times they only care about academics and couldn't care less about your outside interests.
(Original post by ShootForTheStars)
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....udents-prepare

"A student's participation (or not) in specific extra-curricular activities that are not relevant to the course applied for are not taken into account and do not affect their chances of being made an offer of a place at Cambridge."
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I think you need to be slightly careful interpreting this advice. DofE isn't strictly 'relevant' to any Cambridge course, but it shows skills like perseverance and leadership which are definitely supportive of an application.
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(Original post by TheKurrydon99)
I was just rejected from Jesus college at Cambridge for computer science before being given an interview. I've heard that upwards of 80% of Cambridge applicants are interviewed and I would have thought that I would be part of that 80%. I have 4A* prediction and I am pretty sure that my personal statement was solid. I haven't received my entrance exam results (CTMUA) yet as we get them next week. Does anybody have any idea to why I would have been rejected?
I"m afraid nearly every applicant is predicted three or four A* at A level, but only about 16% of applicants across the A level cohort meet their grade. I suspect the percentage is much higher for Oxbridge applicants, but you get the idea. '4 A*' isn't a differentiating factor.

I think once the CTMUA results come out you should get your explanation why you've been rejected pre-interview. In some ways, it's better to be rejected outright than have to go through the rigmarole of being interviewed and then rejected in January. At least you know! Being more positive about it, what are your other options?
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(Original post by TheKurrydon99)
My personal statement was very research heavy, It was mainly talking very in-depth about quantum computing which my teachers said was good as it demonstrated knowledge but maybe it was not the best approach?
(Original post by SteveObolowongai)
I think thats good because it shows you have a passion for the subject and a drive to know more. But maybe you could have also talked about things to do with your social life (which links to communication skills/teamwork), like if you were in any clubs or did group projects, etc. Also, showing you have interests outside of computing/maths is good because it makes you seem less one dimensional.
(Original post by ShootForTheStars)
Hmm, not sure I agree with this. Cambridge themselves have said many times they only care about academics and couldn't care less about your outside interests.
I had my drafts for my PS checked by a former AT at Oxf*rd (family friend). She basically deleted all the EC stuff and left in like a 3 lines. She told me to replace everything she deleted with more academic stuff. I know it's only one opinion, but she seemed to think along the "couldn't care less about your outside interests"
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I"m afraid nearly every applicant is predicted three or four A* at A level, but only about 16% of applicants across the A level cohort meet their grade. I suspect the percentage is much higher for Oxbridge applicants, but you get the idea. '4 A*' isn't a differentiating factor.

I think once the CTMUA results come out you should get your explanation why you've been rejected pre-interview. In some ways, it's better to be rejected outright than have to go through the rigmarole of being interviewed and then rejected in January. At least you know! Being more positive about it, what are your other options?
That is fair enough, although surely it would at would at least place me in the top 80%? Also, does that mean they have the CTMUA results already then?

Also regarding other options I'm not sure, either taking a year out and re-applying next year or Durham.
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Occurrences like this always bewilder me.
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My personal statement was very research heavy, It was mainly talking very in-depth about quantum computing which my teachers said was good as it demonstrated knowledge but maybe it was not the best approach?
Personally, I do not think research shows much as literally anyone can go online and try and find some credible source for what they are looking to study.
At most, if I were in your position, I would have put down only one thing I researched.
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Occurrences like this always bewilder me.
Yes, and you've made that clear on every thread.
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