The process of applying to Oxford as an undergraduate is standarised across the University. As admitting colleges, we work together to ensure that all applications are assessed fairly to comparable standards.
When applying through UCAS, you can choose to specify a particular college or make an ‘open application’ where you are randomly assigned a college by our computer system. In either case, you will be applying to study at Oxford University and we will work closely with staff and Admissions Tutors from across the collegiate institution to give all candidates equal attention.
If you apply to Hertford, or are assigned to us after making an open application, we will value your application and consider it fairly. We’re a friendly and welcoming place and, if you’re shortlisted for interview, you will get the chance to discuss your academic interests and ambitions in an environment that will be respectful as well as intellectually challenging. If there is anything more we can do so that you feel comfortable and perform to the best of your abilities during the process, please do let us know.
Oxford University Guide for Applicants
Applying with a disability
At Hertford, we’re committed to equality of opportunity and strive to help all students achieve their full academic potential, whether or not they have a disability. If you’re a potential applicant with a disability, we would encourage you to disclose it so that we can do our best to support your needs. Our in-house Welfare & Wellbeing Team and our Admissions Office are always available if you’d like to discuss any specific questions or issues.
You can find out more about about disability support and accessibility on our ‘Help is on hand’ pages.
We’re delighted to support Oxford University’s Opportunity Oxford scheme. From 2020-entry, this new access programme will have up to 60 places available across a range of subjects for UK students who might not have expected or realised that they might qualify for a place to study here. To be eligible, you will be on track to meet the academic requirements of your chosen Oxford course but will not have received lots of support with your studies and will come from a less advantaged background. All you have to do is apply to Oxford through UCAS in the normal way. If you are eligible, you will automatically be considered for a place on Opportunity Oxford.
Opportunity Oxford aims to prepare academically-talented students like you for university – so that you can make the most of your abilities and enjoy your studies. Following a welcome event in the summer, you will be expected to complete the equivalent of two weeks in-depth academic tasks in your subject during July and August. You can do this work from home. All necessary materials will be provided online and you will have access to online support. All those whose exam results (A-level or equivalent) meet the academic requirements of their Oxford course will then progress to a residential course. Taking place in September, this will be a free two week academic programme here in Oxford, before your first term begins in October. This programme will introduce you to lectures, tutorials and hopefully give you the chance to make some new friends. Opportunity Oxford means you can begin your studies with confidence and with the knowledge that you can enjoy life at Oxford.