Lastly, it’s sometimes said that Oxford is a very male dominated place. Although many of Oxford’s most famous alumni are men, many colleges didn’t admit women until the 1970s so that isn’t that surprising! But now all colleges accept both men and women and the gender balance now is almost spot on with many colleges having about a 50/50 split. Some political societies have had a history of male leaders, yet in 2011/12 the President of the student union, OUSU, was female. And the Oxford Union debating society had a female President every term in 2011/12 too. It’s getting increasingly harder to say that Oxford is a male dominated place and long may that continue.
Someone later in this Alternative Prospectus sums it up perfectly when they say “I wish I’d known everyone was normal’ before they’d applied to study here. That’s the beauty of Oxford because it is, in some ways, such a diverse place, you can always find people you want to spend time with. If you think Oxford could be for you, then give it your best shot and remember – you definitely can’t get in if you don’t apply in the first place.