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University of Oxford 2025 Undergraduate Applicants Official Thread

University of Oxford 2025 Undergraduate Applicants Official Thread

Tell us about yourself
* Subject applying for ~
* College applying to ~
* A-Levels/ Equiv taking ~
* Additional qualifications (if any) -
* Predicted/ Achieved grades (A level/ eq)~
* Achieved GCSE/ Equiv grades ~
* Why Oxford? ~
* Why that college? (if you know why) ~
* State/Private/Grammar/Home ~

Useful Links (to be added)

Applying to Oxford: Taking the first step:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf6FGMoeKyw

How to stand out from the crowd when applying to Oxford uni:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VGFIhhJu330

Supporting an Oxford applicant:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXBuPABOYz8&t=1383s

Oxford colleges: what, how and why to pick one:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OmOTyzLsjF0

2025 admissions timeline:
https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/admissions-timeline

Personal statements bank:
https://thepersonalstatementbank.co.uk/

Oxford demystified (thank you Oxford Mum and anyone else involved in writing this):
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=6100480

Oxford college suggester:
http://apply.oxfordsu.org/colleges/suggester/

Oxford’s very own website:
https://www.ox.ac.uk

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@Scotney @Oxford Mum - 2025 is upon us :zomg:
Ooh, wondered when this was going to be set up… thanks

Welcome to this thread, Oxford applicants!
(edited 1 month ago)
Otterhower 🦦
Reply 4
Original post by 04MR17
@Scotney @Oxford Mum - 2025 is upon us :zomg:

Thank you you are a poppet!
Reply 5
The Oxford Summer School Applications are still open until May 3rd.These are free and open to state school pupils.Link here
https://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/news/applications-for-our-2024-summer-schools-are-open
Original post by Scotney
Thank you you are a poppet!

Lol now you are reminding me of those chocolate sweets from the 80s! Seriously, sometimes I don’t know what I would do without your help on this thread
Reply 7
Year 12 students please have a look at this scheme Zero Gravity which is totally free to join which helps bright kids who would benefit from extra support in applying to Oxford .You can sign up now here
https://www.zerogravity.co.uk/
Original post by Scotney
Year 12 students please have a look at this scheme Zero Gravity which is totally free to join which helps bright kids who would benefit from extra support in applying to Oxford .You can sign up now here
https://www.zerogravity.co.uk/

Great idea. Being part of this scheme can double your chances of getting into Oxbridge. I have great feedback from the students on here. Why not apply, what do you have to lose?
A note on the "which college shall I apply to" question. The short answer is:

"Don't worry, just pick the one you like, and be aware that approximately 25% of successful applicants to Oxford are placed at colleges they did not apply to".

The long answer is below.

Being collegiate universities is the core characteristic of Oxford and Cambridge. When I say collegiate, I mean really collegiate: the colleges are the academic hubs of those two universities.

A college is a lot more than a hall of residence. It's a self governing academic community. Regardless of its age, its size, its wealth, its beauty, its ability to win rowing races, how good or bad the food is, how cool or uncool the bar is, and how often it holds a ball, each college is fundamentally about the pursuit of academic endeavour.

College choice appears to (sort of) matter, but it also doesn't matter at all.

Whichever college you go to, you will face the same sort of workload, you will have the same chances to party, put on plays, play sports, and do politics, you will have the same chance to make lifelong friendships, and at the end of the day you will get to write BA (Oxon) on your CV, or on the title page of that killer academic book you have just written. Wait a few years and you can write MA. If the book was your thesis, you can write D Phil.

When you become old (this does happen), you will either remember your college with love, or not think about it at all. If the former, you may well turn up at your college once every five to ten years in a dinner suit or ball gown that may feel a bit tighter than it used to, eat a good dinner (with great wine), listen to the Warden/Master/Provost/Rector/President/Principal give a speech, and then party till dawn like you were still nineteen.

If you have any money, you may send some to your college, so that others can have what you had. You may hope that your children go to your college, but will be happy if they go to another one, or a different university altogether.

The fact that you had never heard of your college until the day it offered you a place won't change any of this.

Which is the best college in Oxford?

The answer, almost invariably, is "the College of which you are a member".

The video attached takes a light hearted approach to the question -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYEXUjh2cY

Miss S Byng MA (Oxon)
(As Parson Woodforde once wrote: NB: a Wadhamite)
(edited 1 month ago)
Also, for those who haven't noticed, chemistry requirements have changed
It is now strongly recommended for people to take at least two sciences and or maths
Anyone got any experience with international applications? I'm at school in Australia and thinking about applying.

My predicted grades are ATAR 99.05 which is apparently equivalent to A*A*A [not really sure what that is tbh]
https://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/events/2024/05/11/modern-languages-open-day
Sat 11th May for anyone wanting to study modern languages at Oxford.
Original post by AMolly2133
Anyone got any experience with international applications? I'm at school in Australia and thinking about applying.
My predicted grades are ATAR 99.05 which is apparently equivalent to A*A*A [not really sure what that is tbh]

A* is the top mark students can achieve in their Advanced Level exams A two year course taken aged 16-18.A is next grade down.What sort of info are you after?Know of several American applicants and parents but not Australian Welcome to the thread btw.
Thank you so much for this thread! May I also contribute by saying that the YouTube channel for Jesus College Oxford has loads of helpful videos on applying, life at Oxford, extracurriculars, student interviews (they’re really good!!!) and Oxford entrance exams. If you want to apply to Oxford and haven’t checked out this channel please do, it is an absolute godsend 😊 good luck to all applicants!
Original post by Stiffy Byng
A note on the "which college shall I apply to" question. The short answer is:
"Don't worry, just pick the one you like, and be aware that approximately 25% of successful applicants to Oxford are placed at colleges they did not apply to".
The long answer is below.
Being collegiate universities is the core characteristic of Oxford and Cambridge. When I say collegiate, I mean really collegiate: the colleges are the academic hubs of those two universities.
A college is a lot more than a hall of residence. It's a self governing academic community. Regardless of its age, its size, its wealth, its beauty, its ability to win rowing races, how good or bad the food is, how cool or uncool the bar is, and how often it holds a ball, each college is fundamentally about the pursuit of academic endeavour.
College choice appears to (sort of) matter, but it also doesn't matter at all.
Whichever college you go to, you will face the same sort of workload, you will have the same chances to party, put on plays, play sports, and do politics, you will have the same chance to make lifelong friendships, and at the end of the day you will get to write BA (Oxon) on your CV, or on the title page of that killer academic book you have just written. Wait a few years and you can write MA. If the book was your thesis, you can write D Phil.
When you become old (this does happen), you will either remember your college with love, or not think about it at all. If the former, you may well turn up at your college once every five to ten years in a dinner suit or ball gown that may feel a bit tighter than it used to, eat a good dinner (with great wine), listen to the Warden/Master/Provost/Rector/President/Principal give a speech, and then party till dawn like you were still nineteen.
If you have any money, you may send some to your college, so that others can have what you had. You may hope that your children go to your college, but will be happy if they go to another one, or a different university altogether.
The fact that you had never heard of your college until the day it offered you a place won't change any of this.
Which is the best college in Oxford?
The answer, almost invariably, is "the College of which you are a member".
The video attached takes a light hearted approach to the question -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYEXUjh2cY
Miss S Byng MA (Oxon)
(As Parson Woodforde once wrote: NB: a Wadhamite)

Bravura post. Your college is like your family. Even if you do not get into your first choice college, within months you will end up proud and happy at the college you are at.

My elder son is going to one of these alumnus dinners (called a gaudy) in June and he can’t wait! He has been offered a room in college for the night and he can’t wait
Original post by Scotney
https://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/events/2024/05/11/modern-languages-open-day
Sat 11th May for anyone wanting to study modern languages at Oxford.

I have been to one of these languages events and they are well worth going to! You can meet a tutor and ask him lots of questions ( like we did)
Original post by based_J
Thank you so much for this thread! May I also contribute by saying that the YouTube channel for Jesus College Oxford has loads of helpful videos on applying, life at Oxford, extracurriculars, student interviews (they’re really good!!!) and Oxford entrance exams. If you want to apply to Oxford and haven’t checked out this channel please do, it is an absolute godsend 😊 good luck to all applicants!

I have also heard how good these Jesus videos are, thanks
Thanks for your kind words. The word Gaudy, as you may know, derives from Gaudete and/or Gaudeamus, Latin words about being glad. Cambridge calls its dinners Reunions, IIRC.

My daughter is trying hard to forget all of her Latin, having discontinued study of the language after passing her GCSEs at her posh school, but I try (with mixed results) to remember mine, which I learned at a State School in the late Middle Ages. I have of course told my daughter that Dominus illuminatio mea, the motto of the University of Oxford, means "Lor', strike a light!" .

OK, it actually means "the Lord is my light" and comes from Psalm 27, but my daughter seems to prefer the Cockney version. Being a law student, she seems to think that lex gentium lux* is something to do with soap, a Superman antagonist, or a posh Japanese car. She is looking forward to being bethumped by Latin words in the Sheldonian when she matriculates in October. Sadly, her school taught her isolated bits of the Aeneid without any continuity or context, so she thought that it was boring, and doesn't even recognise the famous opening line of the poem. Also, she didn't get to do the incredibly rude bits in Catullus, which is a shame. They entertained me on cold winter days at school.

Practical Latin was still part of the Modern History course when I did it, but things have changed. Nowadays the law undergraduates do Latin-free Roman law. I hear, however, that the work of the fabulous Mary Beard at Cambridge has helped to revive Latin in some State Schools, and Oxford offers a Classics degree for people starting the language from scratch.

Here are some students of the very excellent University of Glasgow singing Gaudeamus Igitur in that university's lovely West Quadrangle and Cloister.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha6pGK6ZnXE


*Law is the light of nations.
PS: I can't find a youtube of Gaudeamus Igitur being sung at Oxford, but here it is from University College, Cork.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1366028853853575

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