2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014 ox.ac.uk/opendays
Open Days are held throughout the year www.wycliffehall.org.uk/open-days If the dates are inconvenient, contact the Admissions Officer to arrange a more convenient time.
Does this college offer your course? See pp 126 – 127 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]
see ox.ac.uk/ugcolls for information on tutors and staff at this college
Wycliffe Hall is an evangelical theological college set within the University of Oxford. We aim to equip our students through excellent academic teaching, practical ministry experience, and living as part of a vibrant and supportive Christian community. Wycliffe students and tutors consistently gain the highest academic awards within the University and our alumni have experienced some fantastic success as theologians, apologists and church leaders.
Wycliffe was founded in 1877 and is a friendly college of about 120 students. Our student body is delightfully diverse, comprising women and men of many different nationalities and traditions. Typically, our students study for a range of ministries as ordained clergy, preachers, evangelists and scholars. Such an environment makes for a rich and creative milieu of ideas, and friendships which last long after your time as a student.
Wycliffe offers a number of excellent undergraduate theology qualifications -from the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies through to the BA in Theology and Religion and the BA in Theology and Philosophy. The college also accepts Senior Status students reading for a second BA, allowing them complete a traditional BA in two years.
Lastly, Wycliffe is a warm and welcoming college which places a strong emphasis on Christian community and commitment. Students are encouraged to play an active part in the life and worship of the hall, as far as their course allows.
The hall is a five-minute walk from the historic centre of Oxford and is located adjacent to the beautiful University Parks.
Accommodation and meals
Most students live in study rooms on the main site at Wycliffe Hall. Students with families are accommodated off-site. They have a study desk with full access to the crèche and other student facilities.
Wycliffe offers specialist courses for those wishing to train for Christian ministry. It also accepts students studying for the BA in Theology and Religion or the BA in Philosophy and Theology usually as Senior Status students. (Those applying for these two courses who are not ordinands in the Church of England need to apply via UCAS.)
Wycliffe Hall has outstanding facilities including one of the best theological libraries in the University. All student rooms have Wi-Fi, phone lines and access to the to the University computer network.
All students are full members of a thriving common room. There are regular football, rugby and rowing teams as well as opportunities to participate in a broad range of other sports. Students are encouraged to take a full part in the wide range of societies across the University.
Choosing a college
You will have read through the previous pages on each of the Oxford colleges that admit undergraduates but still may be unsure as to which one to choose. Here are some questions we are often asked about choosing a college. We hope you find the answers helpful.
Does it matter which college I go to?
Not really. Colleges have a lot more in common than they have differences, and whichever college you go to, you will be studying for the same degree at the end of your course.
Do I have to choose a college?
No, although you can express a preference by entering a particular college’s code when you apply (see ‘UCAS campus codes’ at ox.ac.uk/ugcolls). You might do this if you’d prefer a particular size, age or location of college. To check which colleges offer your course, see pp 126–127 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].
What if I don’t want to choose?
No problem. You can make an ‘open’ application by choosing campus code ‘9’ on your UCAS application. This means we will randomly assign your application to a college or hall that offers your course. This does not affect your chances of getting a place. In 2013, 18.5% of applicants chose to make an open application. Even if you specify a college, other colleges may also interview you, and may offer you a place.
What’s the best college for...?
Colleges don’t specialise, and most colleges offer most courses. They all have the same high academic standards. Extra-curricular opportunities don’t vary as much as you’d think, either – facilities may vary between colleges, but whatever you’re interested in, you can probably do it at University level (see pp 168–171 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]).
Which college is easiest to get into?
It is a myth that some colleges are easier to get into than others. Application numbers change from year to year, and the difference is filled up with people who have made an open application. Sometimes, if a college is very oversubscribed for a particular course, it might pass you to another college for interview instead. Many applicants will be interviewed by several colleges. (For more on this, see ox.ac.uk/interviews.) Tutors are looking for the strongest applicants, regardless of whether or not you applied to their college.
I made an open application as I really couldn’t decide. I love the college I was assigned to. Nicole, 1st year
I was accepted to the college I applied to. When choosing a college, I just had a few criteria in mind. Camille, 2nd year
I didn’t know much about the different colleges going into it, but love where I am - all’s well that ends well! James, 4th year
I managed to look at several different colleges on an open day and although they all seemed very similar, one of them particularly stuck out in my mind, so I decided to apply there. I had two interviews at my college and two interviews in another and I got offered a place at the college I put on my UCAS application. Jamie, 2nd year
I found choosing a college really hard! I chose one to apply to but was interviewed at two colleges, and ended up being offered a place at the other one. Imogen, 4th year
More on colleges...
The best way to find out what a college is like is to come and look round one (see pp 182-185 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]). To get a student perspective, read the Alternative Prospectus at www.ousu.org