Live at Catz

"Having grown up moving from country to country, I was used to adapting quickly. Nevertheless I have never settled in somewhere as quickly as I have at St Catz. It soon became a home, and I very quickly made friends I can see myself being in touch with for a lifetime." Juliane, Law student

St Catherine's offers excellent undergraduate facilities, including a spacious and comfortable Junior Common Room (JCR) with a large bar, television, pool tables, games machines, newspapers and vending machines. Regular student-run social events are organised throughout term such as open-mic nights and charity fundraisers, alongside a wide variety of other activities to help students settle into university life. The JCR (a term which also refers to the undergraduate student body) elects a committee of current students who represent undergraduates both within College and also to the wider Oxford University Student Union (OUSU).

St Catherine's prides itself on being a close-knit community with a strong atmosphere of openness and friendliness. Once students are accepted for study at St Catherine's there is an enormous commitment from the tutors to support them through to the end of their studies, and many graduates keep in touch with their tutors long after leaving College. There are many sources of help within College: the Dean, Junior Deans (postgraduate students who are qualified peer-supporters), harassment advisors, the College Doctor and a College Nurse who holds a daily surgery on site in term time. The JCR appoints both male and female Welfare Reps alongside a team of trained peer supporters.

 

 

 

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"The great thing about the tutors is that they're all incredibly approachable, which really helps if you're struggling to get to grips with a topic. They want you to achieve your full potential, so they really don't mind if you come to them with any questions or difficulties that you have. If you miss out on asking in your tutorial, more often than not they'll be happy for a quick chat in the quad or in the corridor - assistance is always on hand." Callum, History student

Catz is a place of academic excellence and over the years an impressive body of internationally outstanding scientists, scholars and writers have been educated at the College. A key feature of undergraduate study at Oxford is the tutorial system. Students at St Catherine's also attend lectures, classes and practicals in their department, but tutorials are organised by the College and allow students to discuss their subject with leading academics in the field. Small group teaching ensures that tutors know undergraduates well, able to help both academically and in any other area of difficulty.

The College Library aims to stock all core material on undergraduate reading lists, alongside a wealth of other more specialist texts. With over 55,000 books in its working collection, the Library has a generous loans policy and a large number of reader spaces, particularly useful during exam periods when pressure on library resources increases. Students also make use of department and research libraries, including the Bodleian, which is entitled to a copy of any book or periodical published in the UK or Ireland.

St Catherine's offers a wide range of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and values greatly the study of the sciences and arts in equal measure. Most of our Fellows have an international research reputation and we are particularly proud of the strong showing of St Catherine's among the list of Nobel Prize Laureates. Fellows have also been involved in 'spin out' companies to exploit scientific discoveries made at the University.

With three lecture theatres on site, the College is able to host public lectures on a variety of subjects throughout the academic year, to which students are invited to attend. All this makes for a stimulating intellectual environment, and the College is proud of its place at the forefront of innovation, research and contemporary culture.
 

Apply to Catz

UCAS Applications

Applications to the University are made via UCAS but please note that the deadline for Oxford applications is earlier than for other universities. You must apply by 15 October at the latest for places beginning the following autumn.

On your UCAS form you can also enter a campus code in order to specify a college of choice. The campus code for St Catherine's is 'L'. Have a look around the website and visit us on an Open Day. If you like what you see then we'd encourage you to apply to Catz!

Pre-Interview Written Tests & Written Work

Please make sure you check the University Admissions website and click on the How to Apply tab for your chosen subject.

Pre-interview written tests take place in a variety of subjects. It is your responsibility to check whether there is a written test for your chosen subject and to ensure that you have registered for it, where required.

Some subjects require samples of written work. These should have been produced as part of normal school or college work, usually be no more than 2,000 words, and marked by a teacher. Written work should be sent unfolded, with a completed cover sheet downloaded from the University website. Please make sure that all written work arrives by the stated deadline.

Interviews

If you are invited for interview at St Catherine's, we will provide accommodation and food free of charge during your stay in Oxford. Our Junior Common Room is open for you for the entire period of your stay, and there will be a number of current undergraduates present, who will be able to answer any queries you may have. We try to make the interviews (which could be conducted by one, two or more tutors) as friendly as possible - we often get really encouraging feedback from our students on their experience at St Catherine's.

The aim of our interviews is not to catch people out, nor simply to test the extent of their factual knowledge. They are designed to see how people think and react, to test motivation and determination. As well as trying to identify those who would do well at Oxford, their aim is to ensure that the Oxford course is the right one for the applicant. We would certainly expect that you had your reasons for applying for a particular course well worked out, though you may of course also have thought of questions you would want to ask us.

Click on the video (left) to watch our Tutor for Admissions, Dr Byron Byrne, discuss the admissions process.

Decisions

If shortlisted for interview you will receive a letter via email and post in January informing you whether or not you have been successful. If you have been successful, this letter will include the conditions of any offer. The offer may specify that you need to achieve certain grades in particular subjects at a particular level and may include the need to meet the University English Language requirements.

Results

In August, once all the relevant examination results have been published, we will confirm your place if you have met the conditions of your offer. If you have not achieved the required grades, we will let you know whether we are still able to offer you a place.

 

Undergraduate Admissions

"What's great about Catz is its friendly, vibrant atmosphere. Students here are academically driven, diverse, and share a strong community spirit." Benson, Law student

St Catherine's College (known as 'Catz') is Oxford's youngest undergraduate college and also one of its largest and most diverse communities. We embrace the traditional values of Oxford college life, but our distinctive architecture gives us a unique position to pursue a modern agenda. Our college motto, Nova et Vetera (the new and the old), reflects this.

St Catherine's is situated in an ideal location, very close to the city centre, the Science Area, and University Faculties and Libraries, yet surrounded by meadows, parks and water. Many undergraduates appreciate the tranquility of the College grounds which are extensive and include a water garden.

St Catherine's is a cosmopolitan society, with students drawn from over 50 nations. We offer a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level, with a roughly even split between science and arts. We also have a large postgraduate community and host a number of visiting students, who spend time in Oxford as part of their course at an overseas university. The College has an overwhelming atmosphere of openness and friendliness in which everyone is quickly made to feel at home.

Click on the video image (left) to find out what our students have to say about life at St Catherine's.

If you would like to download a copy of our Prospectus, please click here. If you would like to download a copy of our Alternative Prospectus, please click here.

Prospective Students

From its foundation St Catherine's has played a key role in promoting access to the University. Our most important objective is to admit the best students regardless of social background or ability to pay. The admissions section of the website is designed to make applications to the College as straightforward as possible.

 

The College

St Catherine's College is the University of Oxford’s newest mixed college and also one of the largest. It developed out of the St Catherine's Society, and was founded in 1962.

This section of the website gives you an introduction to the College: its current staff, its history, and its buildings. You will also find details of the College's layout and location as well as information on procedures and policies.

The College is proud to count as members of its community Nobel Laureates, Fellows of the Royal Society and Fellows of the British Academy.

St Catherine's also hosts The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care.
 

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