So, you’re thinking about applying to Oxford University? Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards studying here. Each year, several thousand students apply to Oxford. We consider each application carefully, and make a shortlist of the best ones. That’s usually about 10,000 students who will then be invited to an interview. About 3,500 students will be offered a place to study here. Will you be one of them? The only way to find out is to make an application. Here’s how. First, you’ll need to choose a course. Check the course pages for more details, and see what’s involved in each course. If you can’t decide, perhaps you’d like to come in on an open day and find out more. Now, check the entrance requirements. The general requirements for applying range between A*A*A, and AAA at A-level or the equivalent, depending on the subject. There are also specific subject requirements for some courses, so make sure you have any qualifications that are required. Some courses require a candidate to take a test or submit written work as part of their application. Make sure you check the requirements for your course, as you may need to prepare and register well in advance. When you apply to Oxford, you can choose to apply to a particular college, if you like. Or, you can make an open application, and let us choose one for you. Either way, your application can be seen by more than one college, and you might receive an offer from any of them. OK, this is important: all candidates must apply through UCAS by the 15th October. If you miss the deadline, we simply won’t get to see your application. UCAS is the University and Colleges Admissions Service, a central organisation that processes all applications for entry to higher education in the UK. See www.ucas.com for more details. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview in December. This might be here in Oxford, or possibly by telephone, or over the Internet. Now, relax, read a book and wait. You’ll find out if you’ve been offered a place by mid-January. OK, now here’s the hard bit. It’s all down to you: complete your qualifications, and get your results. If you’ve achieved the grades you needed, your place will be confirmed. Congratulations! We knew you could do it! Pack your bags, put out the cat, kiss your mum goodbye, and get ready to start your course here at Oxford. We look forward to seeing you!