I am applying for an affiliated degree at Cambridge. Does the college matter?

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I am an American student and I am about to graduate from college with a BA in history.
I unsuccessfully applied to do an affiliated degree in HSPS at Sidney Sussex. I now realized I should have applied for history.
It would a be a dream come true to read history at Christ's, but I realize that is more competitive. I saw that Downing accepts six out of its sixteen applicants, so I am thinking about applying there.
However, would I have more of a chance of being admitted if I were to apply to a mature college, or would it not matter due to the pool system?
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The pool system should mean that all applicants are given equal chance regardless of college, although inevitably some candidates who would work well with cambridge will always be missed through human error... apply to the college you want to go to, and go from there Remember, it's about fitting with the uni and rejection isn't a judgement on your academic potential.
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(Original post by P.G. W)
I am an American student and I am about to graduate from college with a BA in history.
I unsuccessfully applied to do an affiliated degree in HSPS at Sidney Sussex. I now realized I should have applied for history.
It would a be a dream come true to read history at Christ's, but I realize that is more competitive. I saw that Downing accepts six out of its sixteen applicants, so I am thinking about applying there.
However, would I have more of a chance of being admitted if I were to apply to a mature college, or would it not matter due to the pool system?
The pooling system at Cambridge means that your chances of getting admitted for a certain course should not significantly depend on your choice of college. Do not read too much into the admissions percentages for different colleges. The sample sizes are very small so statistics can change significantly year-on-year.
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The pooling system at Cambridge means that your chances of getting admitted for a certain course should not significantly depend on your choice of college. Do not read too much into the admissions percentages for different colleges. The sample sizes are very small so statistics can change significantly year-on-year.
Thank you for the information. I just know that Christ's is especially competitive for history.
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Thank you for the information. I just know that Christ's is especially competitive for history.
"Competitive" means that you're more likely to get pooled to another college, not that you're less likely to be admitted to the university (which presumably is your goal).
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"Competitive" means that you're more likely to get pooled to another college, not that you're less likely to be admitted to the university (which presumably is your goal).
Well yes. I would rather not get pooled to a mature college.
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