How to apply to Oxford University

Oxford and Cambridge University admission statistics

Firstly, it is important to be realistic about Oxbridge admission requirements. We have summarised the 2016 admission data to illustrate how competitive Oxbridge courses can be:


In 2015 the number of admissions to Oxford reached their historical peak of 18,377 applicants out of which about 17% successfully secured their places. It is worth knowing that some courses are more competitive and some less oversubscribed than others. For instance, Economics and Management, PPE, Medicine, Physics and Law are considered to be the most competitive, while Classics, Music, Biological Sciences, Modern Languages, or Chemistry are statistically easier to get into. You can see the full breakdown here.


Only 4,253 out of over 16,000 applications received a conditional offer for Cambridge in 2015. The total number of accepted students (the ones who met the conditions) was 3,449. That gives us a 21% acceptance rate – only slightly higher than Oxford. You can see the full breakdown here.

If you have any questions at all about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact our Oxbridge Admissions Team

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