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"5 Tips for Americans Applying to Oxford from the US"

Updated: 7 days ago




Choose right course for you:


Choosing the right course is the most important decision that you take at the beginning of your application. When considering universities in the UK, it's essential to understand that courses are structured differently to the US. UK courses tend to be narrower in focus, offering depth rather than breadth with no Major and Minors. Further once you are in a course Oxford tends to be very strict about changing - so its important to get it right first time! Our delightful team are always available to use their vast expertise to help you identify the perfect course for you.


Researching Colleges:


Oxford University has a myriad assortment of approximately 40 distinct colleges. Each college boasts its own distinct character; from the left wing Wadham to the small intake of Corpus Christi to the out-of-town feel of St. Hugh's. Your choice of college can significantly shape your University experience, and its important to make sure you get the right one!


Academic Requirements:


Let's talk grades – the cornerstone of college admissions, especially in the UK and all the more so for Oxford. If you're considering humanities or social sciences, grades may be a little easier compared to the rigorous requirements of the sciences. For those wondering how you can translate from UK to US grades here's a helpful conversion table;


UK grade

US equivalent

Courses requiring A*A*A:

 

Either Four APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying to)

OR

Three APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying to) plus a score of 33 or above in the ACT or 1480 or above (out of 1600) in the SAT. We do not require the optional essay for either the ACT or the SAT.

 

Courses requiring A*AA:

Either Four APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying to)

OR

Three APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying to) plus a score of 32 or above in the ACT or 1470 or above (out of 1600) in the SAT. We do not require the optional essay for either the ACT or the SAT.

 

Courses requiring AAA

Either Four APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying to)

OR

Three APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying to) plus a score of 31 or above in the ACT or 1460 or above (out of 1600) in the SAT. We do not require the optional essay for either the ACT or the SAT.

 





Start Working on Your Personal Statement:


Timing is everything and especially when it comes to crafting your Oxford personal statement and the earlier you can start the better. However, it's essential to understand that the personal statement is not the place for your life's chronicles or the long tales of extracurricular pursuits. Instead, it's an opportunity to thread together your academic passions and favourite (scholarly) books. Start reading now so that when you sit down to write you have lots to say! And remember, if you're applying to multiple universities, that one personal statement must speak across the board.


Seek Guidance:


Navigating the path of Oxford applications can be daunting. That's why our team stands ready to provide expert guidance and support at every turn. From deciphering admission requirements to refining your personal statement, we're committed to ensuring your journey to higher education is as smooth and successful as possible!

 

 

 

 

 

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