How to get in to your top choice university in 2015

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There’s a lot of information online about how to increase your chances of getting into University. Econ At Uni is different because all of our advice and tips are super focused on economics and business courses (and even relevant for psychology, geography etc.). What’s more is that everything here is written by someone who has successfully studied at their top choice university. Most of the posts are by an Oxford Economics & Management graduate written during and after his application.

So without further ado…

How can I make the most of this website?

Given that we’re in early September right now, you have plenty of time to prepare. This means not only working on your application but working on yourself.

First things first you should understand how the application system works in the UK and how to pick the right course (if you don’t know already). Next, you’ve still got time to do some reading which will help you write a stronger personal statement and excel in interviews.

  1. Help on choosing the right course to study at university
  2. If you’re an international student or don’t know how applications work in the UK, here’s a guide to the UK university application process
  3. You’ve got plenty of time to work on yourself before/while you are writing your personal statement. This means get reading and start finding out what really interests you about the subject(s) you want to study at University. To get started look at the reading list on the left of this page. And see the following three links for books I’ve previously recommended students to read: one | two | three

If you’d like some tailored advice on how to make the most of the next 2-3 months before your application is submitted, feel free to book a mentoring session where a past Oxford/Cambridge economics graduate will answer your questions and help you decide how best to prepare.

Ready to write your personal statement?

  1. Before you even start writing your personal statement, check out the Personal Statement Guide which has successfully helped many students write the strongest personal statement possible.
  2. For background on what a personal statement is, read this post on writing a personal statement which sets the scene for probably the most time consuming part of your application.
  3. Once you’ve thought about the contents and started to put pen to paper, it’s time to think about how to structure your personal statement.

Applying to Oxford or Cambridge University (Oxbridge)?

  1. Oxford and Cambridge podcasts – surprisingly few applicants will have listened to/watched these so get ahead of the curve and absorb all the useful nuggets of information they provide.
  2. You’ll have to sit the TSA which is an additional exam for certain courses (such as Economics & Management at Oxford). To get a head start, see our post on preparing for the TSA and other critical thinking tests.

Is there anything else you’d like guidance on? Just leave a comment below or contact us.

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