I'M FUCKING DONE

toko

Well-known member
Best of luck. Are you applying for a specific college, or is it pot luck with a BPhil?
I think colleges don't really matter for admissions? To be honest I'm quite confused by the whole college thing--I have no idea how to differentiate between "University College" and "New College." From what I gather it does not matter too much so I picked a normal sounding one lol
 

WashYourHands

Cat Malogen
Don’t need an operation on my scrotum, 14 hours in AE to be told “zero surgery for testicles but your hernia will need a day clinic appointment soon”

Means a lot to any man, scalpels and scrotums don’t even belong on the same page, so I’M FUCKING DONE!
 

HMGovt

Bamber Clatscoigne
My recollection is hazy, but I stayed in my selected college for entrance interviews. How or when I selected it, I cannot recall, but it was a critical part of the undergrad admission process, as it was the college that had the final say.
Generally, the intra-mural colleges - Balliol, New College, University, Jesus, Exeter, Lincoln, Trinity, Merton, Christ Church, etc are older and richer and right in the heart of Oxford. Then there's a number of red brick, Victorian colleges like Keble, Somerville, St Hilda's which are a little further out, and a couple of specialist ones that are basically monasteries.
 

Leo

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Hey @toko, just found out my niece got accepted, she applied to Keble and will read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. funny story: she didn't intend to apply, didn't really care that much about Oxford but one of her teachers kept pushing her to do it. So she did, kind of on a whim, not expecting anything to come of it. Wonder if the lack of pressure resulted in projecting an air of confidence that helped.
 
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Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Hey @toko, just found out my niece just got accepted, she applied to Keble and will read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. funny story: she didn't intend to apply, didn't really care that much about Oxford but one of her teachers kept pushing her to do it. So she did, kind of on a whim, not expecting anything to come of it. Wonder if the lack of pressure resulted in projecting an air of confidence that helped.
Well done to your niece!

An old school mate of mine went to Keble. It was founded on a fortune made from birdshit, IIRC.

Edit: not the whole college but the chapel, hall and library, apparently -
 
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Slothrop

Tight but Polite
I think colleges don't really matter for admissions? To be honest I'm quite confused by the whole college thing--I have no idea how to differentiate between "University College" and "New College." From what I gather it does not matter too much so I picked a normal sounding one lol

Assuming it works similarly to Cambridge, what postgrads get out of their college is mostly just a bit of a non-subject-based community and maybe some accommodation. The community thing is actually quite nice - I did my PhD at Nottingham and the lack of a manageable-sized social group outside of the department was noticeable. Different colleges can have a bit of a different social mix (varying from "moderately posh and liberal-ish" to "unreasonably posh and Tory") or a bit of a tendency towards certain extra-curricular activities (eg some of the music societies are terrifyingly serious) but all the normal sounding ones are probably fine.
 

shakahislop

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My recollection is hazy, but I stayed in my selected college for entrance interviews. How or when I selected it, I cannot recall, but it was a critical part of the undergrad admission process, as it was the college that had the final say.
Generally, the intra-mural colleges - Balliol, New College, University, Jesus, Exeter, Lincoln, Trinity, Merton, Christ Church, etc are older and richer and right in the heart of Oxford. Then there's a number of red brick, Victorian colleges like Keble, Somerville, St Hilda's which are a little further out, and a couple of specialist ones that are basically monasteries.
I think @toko you should apply to one of the monastery ones
 

mixed_biscuits

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Stricto sensu, one needn't belong to a college in order to take the final examinations: the time-honoured practice of 'peeling-in' involves dragging students careless enough not to have arranged an entourage for their trip to the Final Honours School, dehusking them down a back alley by Carfax and donning the 'commoner's cape' tightly enough to one's form to pass the probing proboscis of Blind Billy at the gate.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Stricto sensu, one needn't belong to a college in order to take the final examinations: the time-honoured practice of 'peeling-in' involves dragging students careless enough not to have arranged an entourage for their trip to the Final Honours School, dehusking them down a back alley by Carfax and donning the 'commoner's cape' tightly enough to one's form to pass the probing proboscis of Blind Billy at the gate.
^^studied at Unseen University
 
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