I know this question has been asked a million times before... but which colleges are less competitive? They say that it doesn't matter which college you apply to and it won't affect your chance of success, but obviously applying to christ church, for example, is a risk. The ones I'm considering are the ones in the area around the bodleian - just away from the high street. Hertford, trinity, exeter, brasenose and balliol in particular. however I've heard that balliol and brasenose are very intense academically, as well as competitive. is this true? what about the others?
I have looked at the norrington table but it's so hard to get any real information from it - plenty of colleges have jumped up or down 15 places just since last year. However there must be some kind of continuity? Brasenose has gone down the table and balliol up, but both of them are considered very competitive.
If anyone can shed some light on this it would be very useful. I just want a middling college- not really intense, and not at the bottom of the pile either. please help!