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An Overview of Oxford University

AdvantagesHigh academic standards, reputation, university can be the best years of your life

DisadvantagesCan be seen as stuffy and old-fashioned, a lot of work, may not suit all

"Oxford University is one of the most prestigious in the world. It may be second to Cambridge in the Times league table, but really this is relatively insignificant. The truth is that there are many top quality universities, and I shall not pretend that Oxbridge is automatically superior, when in reality places like York, Durham, etc can all offer at least as good facilities in certain subjects. As a current student of Oxford University (just finished ..." Read review
06.01.2002

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Community Level 5Ciaoboy

Ciaoboy

THE DREAMING SPIRES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

AdvantagesExcellent Reputation and Facilities

DisadvantagesIt ain't no cakewalk

"...my place of further education, Oxford University. I was an undergraduate at Oxford studying Physics, specifically St.John's college, for four years from 1998-2002. I loved it so much that I've just committed another three years of my life to a doctoral degree in the Atomic and Laser Physics department. Why do I love it so, let me count the ways....... 1)STUDYING The reason (or at least it's supposed to be!) that most people come to University ..." Read review
03.10.2002

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Community Level 2newc0597

newc0597

Oxford University - love it or hate it?

AdvantagesYou either love it

Disadvantagesor you hate it

"I studied at Oxford for seven and a half years. I had never even thought about studying at Oxford (or Cambridge which I visited often as a child) when one day I was on a school open day at New College. I walked into the college and I simply fell in love with it. I knew then that I wanted to study there and have not regretted it. The application procedure for Oxford and Cambridge is slightly more complicated than for other Universities. There is ..." Read review
05.05.2004

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Community Level 4Sweep1

Sweep1

10 reasons to love Oxford University...

AdvantagesGood Facilities, Friendly People, Nice City

DisadvantagesWork!

"...the famous authors wrote, in Oxford you get lectured and taught by them. Whilst I've been here I've had French Politics, Political Theory & Philosophy tutes from published authors in those areas as well as Macroeconomics tutes from the guy who wrote one half of 'Two Sides of the Coin' a highly selling book giving both sets of the argument on the Euro. And the Oxbridge Tutorial system means that most of your teaching is done in pairs giving you much ..." Read review
12.05.2001

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Community Level 3Duncan1

Duncan1

The Oxford Bar Review

AdvantagesBars have their own individual character

DisadvantagesNo centralised student venue

"...(a bop is a stupid oxford word for a party, a college might have 3 every term. The Wadham and Bailiol bops are probably the best around, avoid the Hilda's bop whatever you do). THE BARS Christ Church This bar, set in one of the most impressive colleges, is itself quite impressive. There is more seating then any of the other colleges, a cheap table football table and friendly barstaff pulling cheap pints. However when I visited the bar there ..." Read review
21.04.2001

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Community Level 1TommyC109

TommyC109

More than just work

AdvantagesCollege system, world-class reputation

DisadvantagesPressure at times, work-centred attitude

"...people expect to hear about Oxford University, but there is much more to spending 3-4 years of your life here than just working your guts out. Everyone knows that the education you will be offered at Oxford is world-class, but the sporting, arts and social side of things is also second to none. Academic work is still the main focus though, so I'll write about that first. There's no escaping the fact that the workload is intense - two 2000-word ..." Read review
30.07.2004

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Community Level 1Po

Po

A welsh Oxford undergraduate's opinion

AdvantagesOpens doors for you that would otherwise remain closed

DisadvantagesPace of life can get stressfull

"...the opportunity to go to Oxford should definitely try and get in.A lot of hype in the press must really put a lot of people off,as it nearly did me.Oxford is not the place it is made out to be by the media - if it was I wouldn't have been accepted to read chemistry, being state educated and Welsh. It's not a place to come if you're on the lazy side though!When you get to Oxford you work hard and you play hard.You'll get about two essays a week along ..." Read review
15.07.2000

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Community Level 2markhiley

markhiley

Give it a shot!

AdvantagesUnique experience, fantastic facilities

Disadvantagespoor nightlife, heavy workload

"...encourage state schoolers to give Oxford a try. It is a brilliant experience and I would recommend it to anyone with the ability to get in. Don't be daunted by the tabloid press, whatever your interests or background you will find a niche here, the number of clubs and societies is vast, the sports clubs many and the town in fantastic (although the night life is somewhat poor!) the best advice I give is to do your research befoere you apply, some colleges ..." Read review
12.07.2000

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Community Level 5BIGHORSE

BIGHORSE

Oxford - land of opportunity

AdvantagesExcellent reputation and the best tutors going

DisadvantagesA little archaic sometimes but good

"The thing about Oxford university is that if you get the chance to go, or someone around you, a teacher or one of your peers tells you that they think you have the ability, you have to try and go. The reasoning for this is simple - an Oxford degree is one of the best things you can ever put on your CV. People know what it stands for and what to expect from you, and you will have an automatic advantage when applying for any job. Criticized in the media ..." Read review
09.08.2000

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Community Level 1teenage_le...

teenage_legend

Why Oxford?

AdvantagesFriendly students and social life, Fantastic societies to get involved with, Proximity to London

DisadvantagesVery academic! Highly pressurised and very stressful

"The aura surrounding Oxford is one which contributes significantly to the pressure on students who are accepted to the university. Not only do they have to contend with very intense workloads and deadlines, but they have to finish term without collapsing and return home to face the curiosity (and often anticipation) of friends and family - making it difficult to admit that the experience may not be as rewarding as it seemed initially. My own experience ..." Read review
11.03.2009

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Community Level 2LouisaNott

LouisaNott

How to get into Oxford

AdvantagesSee op

DisadvantagesSee op

"...pen. So be warned that Oxford people are very sneaky. I cried. I don't deny the frustration I felt in not being able to write down what I wanted. The rest of the interview was much of a blur, and I left, sure that I hadn't got into Oxford. Upon returning home, I was asked to call the college on the Friday of that week. I had got a place. So, my advice to you people is.... 1. Have a fool-proof UCAS form. 2. Don't be ..." Read review
14.02.2002

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Community Level 1julz

julz

Oxford Medics

Advantageslet's be honest, the dreaming spires will always impress; excellent tutorial beased teaching; posh parties; beautiful city; opportunity to meet & chat to famous people at the union

Disadvantagesexpensive; v. academic; no night clubs; sometmes tough if you're not used to black-tie & multiple cutlery.

"...and spent 3 years in Oxford studying pre-clinical medicine. THE COURSE There are 3 terms per year. The first 5 terms are devoted to the Part 1 BM. The last 4 terms are geared towards a (compulsory) intercalated science (a different subject would involve an extra year's work)degree. BM teaching is divided into two main areas: central "faculty" teaching, and college-based teaching. Central teaching means that the whole year group is taught ..." Read review
04.09.2000

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Community Level 1Alistair

Alistair

Oxford blues?

AdvantagesThat old cliche - the more you put in the more you get out

DisadvantagesThe amount you need to put in can make life stressful

"Oxford University. Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said already in the last month or so? The brouhaha surrounding Laura Spence's rejection has died down but the image of Oxford has suffered yet another blow to its reputation as an elitist institution. My opinion on this is that of course Oxford is an elitist institution – places of excellence have to be. My application was something unusual - comprehensive school education, 5 years experience ..." Read review
22.06.2000

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Community Level 2mark152

mark152

Not stereotypical

AdvantagesOne of the best teaching systems in the country

DisadvantagesTerms are too short!

"...actually had an interview at Oxford University, you will know that you do get well and truly 'grilled'. However the questions are not "How big is your mansion?" or "How much does daddy earn?" but how well do you know your subject and would you fully appreciate and gain from the unique teaching system at Oxford. After only one term I see the University as a haven for gifted people to pursue the academic subjects that they find rewarding. They have ..." Read review
05.12.2000

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Community Level 2robertjake

robertjake

Rising above the rest

AdvantagesAcademic achievement

DisadvantagesA little old fashioned

"Oxford University is not really a single entity. It is in fact the name given to a group of thirty or so colleges which each have their own character and attributes. I studied at Magdalen college and I can honestly say that it proved to be the most fulfilling part of my life so far. I was academically challenged by my tutors, and I was forced to adapt and become a better scholar as a result. Of course, this meant a lot of hard work and dedication, ..." Read review
04.10.2000

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