Alumni of Oxford University is well known for being affluent and famous belonging from across the world, however, this year Oxford University in on a hunt of adding candidates on merit-basis, and putting off ‘thick and rich’ applicants.
Head of admissions of Oxford University told that focus of interviewing candidates earlier was to spot teenagers from well-off backgrounds or the ones from topmost independent schools who were "polished" but were not very brilliant.
He will be playing a role to slash "thick and rich" applicants and making sure admissions at undergraduate levels are awarded exclusively on the basis of merit.
Director of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, Mike Nicholson commented at a conference. Oxford and Cambridge both are soon to get on their yearly round of academic interviews. The focus this time will not be made weather the applicant is rich or poor, but on the capabilities and achieving level. The bright candidates shall be given priorities this time, even if they are wealthy.
This year Oxford have received 17,480 applications and is to make roughly 3,500 offers keeping in mind the acceptance of some 3,200 undergraduates in the next session.
He also told that above 50% of the academics who interview applicants belong to other countries. While, 30 years ago most academics used to be graduates from Oxford who created the admissions system.