Applicants must have been accepted by a department or faculty of the University of Oxford before any college may consider them. Applicants are advised to consult the arrangements for application to the University, as detailed on its website.
You do not need to make a separate application to a college. On the University's graduate application form, you may either choose to indicate that you have no college preference, or state your preferred college. The selection you make does not affect how the department assesses your application. However, please note that if you select a different college or no college preference on your application form, it will not normally be possible to redirect your application to GTC at a later date - this includes current or former students of GTC.
When you have been accepted onto a programme, you are guaranteed a college place, although not necessarily at your preferred college. Your application file will be forwarded to your preferred college (or one selected on your behalf, if you indicated no college preference), and will either be accepted or passed on to another college which has places available.
Selection at GTC
GTC will consider applications for any of the programmes in which the College offers admission. See a list of GTC's main subject areas and a link to the College Search Tool. Preference will normally be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College's academic fellowship.
Applications are usually considered by the Tutor for Admissions, who will look at the materials in your application file, in particular your academic ability as reflected by previous university qualifications or other tests such as the GMAT score for management students or the GRE.
The Tutor for Admissions will also consider your potential contribution to the College community. GTC tries to admit a diverse mix of students from various backgrounds and with a variety of interests. Central to the character of the College is the pursuit of an independent intellectual agenda focusing on human and social welfare, and all GTC students are encouraged to adopt this.
The College aims to admit a certain number of students each year spread across the range of subjects which it accepts, and this determines the number of offers which can be made to applicants. Therefore it may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, as targets may have been reached.
The possession of competitively-won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of an applicant's academic merit and potential. Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above.
If you are accepted by the College
You will receive a letter outlining the terms of your acceptance, together with a registration form. You must complete this to confirm your place, otherwise the College will not be expecting you to attend.
You will also receive details of College accommodation. You are encouraged to return the accommodation form at the same time as your registration form. If it is important for you to be located in a particular area of the college, or if you will require family accommodation in Oxford, this should be as early as possible.
Any offer of a place will be subject to completion of a Financial Declaration Form showing that you have sufficient funds to cover your University and College fees for Year 1 of your programme. You will also be asked to give your assurance that you are willing and able to meet the costs of any further years' fees and your living costs for the duration of your programme. See more information about fees and finance.
Once your place is confirmed, you will be asked to sign a Student-College Contract. This is different from, and in addition to, the University Student Contract which your admitting department will ask you to complete.
The application process for most GTC scholarships is separate from your University application.