Amazing and Interesting Facts About the University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is recognized as the oldest university in the United Kingdom and is the 2nd oldest surviving university in the world. Oxford and Cambridge universities are the two greatest rival educational institutions in the entirety of the United Kingdom for hundreds of years now. Here are some of the most historic and interesting facts about the Oxford University of the United Kingdom.
1. Oxford University consistently ranks in the top 10 world’s best universities.
2. The University of Oxford admits 21,535 students annually. Approximately 11,723 are undergraduates while 9,327 students are postgraduates.
3. The University of Oxford is located in Oxford City on the Thames River and is 80 km northwest of London, the nation’s capital city.
4. The University of Oxford is believed to have started in 1133 and was recognized as a university in 1167.
5. Oxford University has a total of about 21,535 students. About 11,723 are undergraduates while 9,327 are postgraduates.
Keble College Chapel
6. The university’s motto in English is “The Lord is my Light”. This university is known to be in existence since 1096 or about 915 years ago.
7. Unlike Cambridge University, Oxford University is a private university but it is considered a national institution.
8. Famous British Prime Ministers who graduated from Oxford University include Clement Attlee, William Gladstone, Harold Macmillan and Margaret Thatcher.
9. The most popular student sports are cricket, rowing and rugby.
10. Lady Margaret Hall, St. Anne’s’ and Saint Hugh’s were originally for women. All others were originally for men.
11. Linacre, Nuffield, St. Anthony, St. Cross and Wolfson are open to graduates students only.
12. Women were first admitted to examinations in1884 but were only allowed to take degrees in the 1920s.
13. In 1959, women were admitted to full university status and in the 1970s, mot of the colleges became coeducational.
14. The head of the University of Oxford is called a Chancellor and serves for life.
15. Oxford University passed a Statute in 1875 allowing its delegates to create preliminary and final examinations at roughly undergraduate level.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
16. The University of Oxford is ranked first in Business Studies, English, Politics, Physiological Sciences, Fine Art, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Music and Philosophy.
17. In 2010, Oxford University was ranked 10th in the world and second in Europe.
18. In 2011, the University of Oxford was ranked 4th in the world as the best university, Caltech was number one while Harvard University and Stanford University tied for 2nd and 3rd.
19. Like Cambridge, the academic year in Oxford is divided into three terms called Michaelmas (October to December; Hilary (January to March; and Trinity Term (April to June).
20. The University of Oxford has 102 libraries and its central research library contains more than 11 million volumes housed on 190 km of shelving.