While there are many unique aspects to Oxford as a city, some of the most widely- circulated stories about the University are untrue. Here we run down eight of the most popular:
1 Everyone’s posh and rich. Statistics show that Ox- ford has a disproportionate number of privately educated students. However, thousands of students at the Univer- sity were educated at state schools and people have no way of knowing where you were educated unless you tell them. There’s no trend of private school snobbery outside of tiny cliques who you would probably rather not hang around anyway.
2 My interview will involve
odd challenges and rituals. The myths about Oxford in- terviews probably come about from the fact that our admis- sions process is different to that of most other universi- ties. But you won’t have a rugby ball thrown at you, it doesn’t matter which seat you sit in and the students help- ing with interviews won’t be reporting on you to tutors. You may get unexpected questions about your subject, but just stay calm and take your time to give answers.