University of Oxford Admissions

The University of Oxford, commonly referred to as Oxford University, is a collegiate research university founded in 1096 in Oxford, England. The university provides education for 11,723 undergraduate students and 9,327 graduate students. Oxford is famous for being one of the oldest institutions still standing today and is well known for its rich history and unique medieval-like architecture.

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Admission To-Do List

  • Courses other than Medicine
  • Extended Projects
  • 14-19 Diplomas
  • Pre-U Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Vocational qualifications
  • Three academic references
  • Transcript(s) of previous higher education
  • CV/résumé
  • Statement of purpose/research proposal
  • Academic written work
  • Portfolio (e.g. of artwork, performance recordings)
  • GRE results
  • Maths admissions exercise


Writing Supplement:
Write a personal statement that shows you'd be a great student – to persuade unis and colleges to accept you on their course. Course tutors use personal statements to compare applicants, so try to make yours stand out. Remember it's the same personal statement for all courses you apply to – so avoid mentioning universities or colleges by name, and ideally choose similar subjects. If they're varied then write about common themes – like problem solving or creativity. See more

Application Deadlines

October 15
Fall, Undergraduate
January 11
Fall, Graduate

Famous Graduates

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Former Prime Minister of Canada

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Advice on Personal Statement for University of Oxford Admissions

The University of Oxford personal statement should be roughly 47 lines, or 4,000 characters. The essay is the applicant's way of explaining why they are suitable for the desired courses. It needs to demonstrate the applicant's enthusiasm for wanting to study at Oxford, and it should also highlight any achievements the applicant has made since year 10. Applicants should focus on what makes them passionate about the subject, and why they like the subject and believe they will do good in it. Applicants should make sure their essay is completely original.