University of Oxford

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. And for some students, this includes schools beyond the U.S., too! As such, we are highlighting an international college this week in our School Spotlight series.

School Spotlight: University of Oxford

Oxford, England

Would you describe yourself as self-motivated, positive, hard-working, enthusiastic, and curious? If all of these adjectives resonate with you, and you’re willing to venture outside the United States to attend one of the world’s top universities, considering adding the University of Oxford to your college list. Comprised of 36 independent colleges and 6 private halls, Oxford offers the best of both worlds: access to the resources of a world-class university and, thanks to the smaller colleges that house between 100-400 students each, a tight-knit and diverse community of scholars. The University enrolls 11,700 undergraduates and a nearly equal number of grad students. Among Oxford’s 48 majors you’ll find multiple interdisciplinary programs—such as Mathematics & Philosophy; History & English; and Philosophy, Politics & Economics—that are ideal for students with more than one academic focus. Like the University of Cambridge, Oxford also utilizes tutorials in the learning process. On a weekly basis, two or three students meet with their tutor to explore and discuss new ideas and to gain new perspectives. It’s no wonder that successful Oxford students are willing to think deeply and engage in a personalized learning experience! Fun fact: did you hear about the new NASA InSight Mission to Mars that launched in May 2018? A team of Oxford astrophysics are among those who helped implement the technology that will be used to measure seismic and tectonic activity on the red planet.

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Written by Shannon Vasconcelos
Shannon Vasconcelos is a college finance expert at College Coach. Before joining College Coach, she was a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Tufts University and Boston University.