Hi, I'm stuck between applying to Christ Church and Corpus Christi, Oxford, for English. My school wants me to select a college that suits my character soon. How do you work out what type of applicant the colleges are looking for? As far as I can see, most of them make a point of saying they aren't looking for a special stereotype.
I saw a lot of advice about not applying to Christ Church in the course of reading this thread, as it's a popular college, but the ratio statistics claim that Corpus is the more popular one for English. The average ratio for English is 3.8. The ratio for Christ Church is 3.6 and the ratio for Corpus Christi is 4.6. Would it really be that wise to apply to Corpus Christi, then?
I'm mainly concerned about how friendly Christ Church is. I went there over the Easter holidays myself, and I really liked it, but I didn't see Corpus so I can't say if I would. Corpus's alternative prospectus appears to be really friendly though, and I really like the idea of college parents, something that I don't think Christ Church has... Would it be safe to say that most colleges are pretty friendly regardless of size?
I'm also curious as to how cosmopolitan the colleges are. Is the intake of international students similar across all Oxford colleges, or do some have slightly more? I made a wild guess that Christ Church would have more international students in terms of numbers (don't know about percentages), simply because it has more students in general.
Edit: And now someone has just recommended me a whole other list of colleges that didn't include Christ Church and Corpus. Hmm.