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Thank you!
You're very welcome! I'm not a classics graduate (I read music) but I'm the resident Oxbridge humanities reviewer, so you're in safe hands
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Can't decide between applying to Magdalen, Merton, St John's or Lincoln. Just the few lol! Any input?
Which course would you like to study
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Can't decide between applying to Magdalen, Merton, St John's or Lincoln. Just the few lol! Any input?
Ask Siri to pick a number between 1 and 4
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Nah jkjk. Pick the one you would be most upset about not being able to attend. That helped me with my application. I also managed to visit the colleges I was looking at, and that made it a clear decision. I doubt you have that time now. Regardless what I said earlier could still be helpful🤞🏾
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Which course would you like to study
(Original post by Anonymous)
Can't decide between applying to Magdalen, Merton, St John's or Lincoln. Just the few lol! Any input?
Lincoln pretty, small and not much green space,Magdalen,spendid, large and massive meadow plus gardens on river also rich,St Johns very rich,large grounds but you are not allowed on most them.Not great architecturally lots of newish buildings added.Merton very clever?
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Can't decide between applying to Magdalen, Merton, St John's or Lincoln. Just the few lol! Any input?
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...2#post88379572
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Which course would you like to study
Physics !
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Hello All!

I'm a student from the US who recently submitted my UCAS application!

I hope to study PPE at Oxford and I'm applying to Mansfield College.

I currently go to a middle sized public (non magnet, non charter) school in the US (what you guys would call a state school) where no one has ever applied to UK uni, much less Oxford.

I'm taking 6 AP courses this year which are roughly the American equivalent of A-Levels (although easier than A-Levels). This spring I'll be taking AP exams in BC Calculus, Statistics, Macroeconomics, English Literature, US Government and Politics, and European History and I have predicted 5s (AP exams are graded 1-5) in all of them, as well as As and A+s for my predicted course grades. I've taken 3 AP exams already (English Language, US History, and Biology) all of which I took last year and got all 5s in. I also took the SAT (which forms part of the US qualifications) and scored a 1520 (770RW, 750M) on my first attempt.

Not really sure what my GCSE equivalents would be, but my GPA (which is my average grades throughout high school) will be about a 3.95-4.0 on a 4 unweighted scale.

I chose to apply to Oxford mainly because they're the undergraduate world leader in PPE, and I really want to study PPE extensively! I like the tutorial system, the college system, the location, and basically everything about Oxford. I chose Mansfield because I want a smaller college with a diverse range of viewpoints and Mansfield's high proportion of state school students seems to guarantee that! I also spent some time looking over their faculty's research and found it really interesting so yea! Just liked Mansfield's vibe from the site and promotional material!

For my PS I wrote about how my interest in the relationship between political and economic inequality made me interested in Marxism and from there politics, economics and philosophy generally! I mentioned like 5 books (I think) and 2 lecture series that I had read/listened too. A little on the high side but I thought it turned out well and I explained my thoughts on each of them extensively.

I'm currently studying for the TSA! On my first go at it in a practice test I scored a 67.2. My main issue was my timing, as I guessed at the very end on the last 11 questions. Problem solving takes me far longer than critical thinking so for my next practice test I'm going to do all the critical thinking first then do the problem solving and hopefully that will go better. Goal is to get it up to a 75 by November 4th!

Just posting in case anyone has any general advice for US applicants to PPE, or advice on studying for the TSA (specifically the problem solving section). I'm currently just taking practice tests and then correcting my answers and redoing problems I get wrong, is there something else I should do too? Thanks!
Check out posts by youyouxue He and a group of other Oxford offer-holders (now students) did a series of workshops on it. I'm not sure if you can search up a user by name on here, but you can search 'TSA' in this thread by clicking on the 3 dots on the blue bar at the top of the page (the ones with the page numbers on it).

Good luck!
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Check out posts by youyouxue He and a group of other Oxford offer-holders (now students) did a series of workshops on it. I'm not sure if you can search up a user by name on here, but you can search 'TSA' in this thread by clicking on the 3 dots on the blue bar at the top of the page (the ones with the page numbers on it).

Good luck!
shloop12 The ONE with the page numbers on it, that should have said
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Can't decide between applying to Magdalen, Merton, St John's or Lincoln. Just the few lol! Any input?
(Original post by Scotney)
Lincoln pretty, small and not much green space,Magdalen,spendid, large and massive meadow plus gardens on river also rich,St Johns very rich,large grounds but you are not allowed on most them.Not great architecturally lots of newish buildings added.Merton very clever?
Oxford Mum replied with a link to a brilliant post - I'd really suggest you take a look at the links in there.

Good brief summary from Scotney. Would add that you don't necessarily have to be any cleverer to get into Merton!

Merton is in a similar position to Magdalen, but slightly tucked away, obviously with smaller grounds than Magdalen(!) but still very spacious, with a beautiful garden. Lincoln is the odd one out in your list as far as space is concerned, but is lovely if space isn't an issue for you.


I think both Lincoln and Merton guarantee accommodation for all years of your degree. Can't remember St John's, as we ruled it out early on. We ruled out Magdalen too, a little later in the process - something to do with accommodation in the 2nd year, I think...

What is most important to you?
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Oxford Mum replied with a link to a brilliant post - I'd really suggest you take a look at the links in there.

Good brief summary from Scotney. Would add that you don't necessarily have to be any cleverer to get into Merton!

Merton is in a similar position to Magdalen, but slightly tucked away, obviously with smaller grounds than Magdalen(!) but still very spacious, with a beautiful garden. Lincoln is the odd one out in your list as far as space is concerned, but is lovely if space isn't an issue for you.


I think both Lincoln and Merton guarantee accommodation for all years of your degree. Can't remember St John's, as we ruled it out early on. We ruled out Magdalen too, a little later in the process - something to do with accommodation in the 2nd year, I think...

What is most important to you?
Thank you! I checked out the link to the post and it was very helpful. Swaying towards St John’s - food seems good and reasonable price, large college, and accommodation for whole course!
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Thank you! I checked out the link to the post and it was very helpful. Swaying towards St John’s - food seems good and reasonable price, large college, and accommodation for whole course!
That's great. Best of luck with your application!
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sent off my application just now
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Subject applying for ~ Fine Art

College applying to ~ St John’s

A Levels/ equiv ~ History, Classical Civilisation, Fine Art

Additional qualifications (if any) - Doing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at the Northern School of Art next year

Predicted/ Achieved grades ~ A*A*A (I’m in Y13 at the moment)

Achieved GCSE/ equiv ~ 887666666

Why Oxford? ~ The Fine Art course looks ace. Oxford is a nice city. Close to London so I can visit some cool art galleries. Small student intake for the subject so it’s a nice community. Plus I only need to take two trains to get there

Why that college? (if you know why) ~ It’s one of the few colleges that provides fine art. I want to live on site. Its not too far from the Ruskin but not too close. My great grandad went to St John’s in 1938 to study medicine but the war broke out so he never got to finish (would be nice to do it in his memory)

State/Private/Grammar/Home ~ State
Don’t take fine art, you will never get a job related to it and people will make fun of you for years for what your degree is in. If you are as smart as your predicted grades why wouldn’t you do something more academic that will provide a stable career and excellent income?!
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Don’t take fine art, you will never get a job related to it and people will make fun of you for years for what your degree is in. If you are as smart as your predicted grades why wouldn’t you do something more academic that will provide a stable career and excellent income?!
Respectfully, shush.
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Was just going to spy on this discussion from a distance but Thefatalbellman ... ah well here goes

Subject applying for: Biomedical sciences
College: St Anne's
A-Levels taking: Biology, Chemistry, German
Additional: A* in EPQ, various ABRSM for violin, a (hopeful) predicted distinction in g6 music theory
Predicted Grades: A*A*A*
GCSE Grades: 99999999999
Why Oxford? Tutorial system sounds awesome, research quality and prospects, career opportunities, may as well have a go
Why that college? Facilities, more modern, less formal hall/etc, closeish to science area, food and accommodation on the cheaper side, looks good generally!
School: State (grammar)
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Don’t take fine art, you will never get a job related to it and people will make fun of you for years for what your degree is in. If you are as smart as your predicted grades why wouldn’t you do something more academic that will provide a stable career and excellent income?!
Wow.
I'm another Fine Art applicant for Oxford (my application just got sent off for Christ Church), and I think that's one of the worst attitudes anyone can have towards art.
Not everyone does things for an 'excellent income'. Some people don't look for that in a career; instead, they look for something they're legitimately passionate about. Yes, some people might be passionate about fields like medicine and engineering, but not everyone is. You're going to be studying this subject for three years - I'd rather have three years of a subject I really enjoy and believe I can turn into something useful, then three years of what my idea of hell would be. It's also not the dead end you think it is - lots of people with Fine Art degrees actually end up working in the film and production industry, which is actually continually expanding. On top of that, a lot of academically capable people in general manage to create their own jobs through innovation and seeing gaps in the market - that same philosophy applies to Fine Art.
It's such an odd viewpoint, and I see it in so many people - the same type of person who would complain that modern/contemporary art is 'bad', whilst encouraging people not to enter the field. If you want it to be good, let people try and make it. At the end of the day, it's not your employment opportunities I'm risking, it's mine.
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Don’t take fine art, you will never get a job related to it and people will make fun of you for years for what your degree is in. If you are as smart as your predicted grades why wouldn’t you do something more academic that will provide a stable career and excellent income?!
Nevarty - ignore him/her... You do what you love, and good luck with your application!
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(Original post by TheClaimsGuys)
Respectfully, shush.
Only giving my advice based on personal experience. Art degrees get you no where in life. That’s honest advice. Art is wonderful as a hobby and interest but for someone who is extremely intelligent, wasting it on an art degree is a shame. I’m not going to encourage someone to do something that will hinder them in the future.
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When you get older you will realise wasting 3 years of tuition on something you enjoy but doesn’t have good job prospects is not worth it. This is real life, I’m reality you need to find something with a stable income. You’ll realise you can have art on the side as a hobby, just don’t rely on it for income.
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