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News: October 2017
Celebrating Excellence: A Family Send-Off for Target Oxbridge Undergrads

When we accept a Target Oxbridge candidate onto our programme, we know they’re ready to get down to business. It’s not enough that these 16 and 17 year olds are already motivated, outperforming academics - Rare will focus on developing their strengths, provide a tailored series of tutorials, seminars and university visits, set up regular mentoring and test prep… and the list goes on. When our students have put in all that work, we get the honour of celebrating their many achievements; and we couldn’t be more proud of them all.

This month, 12 members of our Target Oxbridge cohort leave to take up their places at Oxford and Cambridge, with one student deferring until next year. We hosted our students and their overjoyed parents in September, for an evening of celebration, informal peer networking and plenty of discussion about the impending transition to life as Oxbridge students. 

Rare’s Schools, Universities and Data Manager, Naomi Kellman, was on hand to welcome our guests and share her own experience of and advice on navigating Oxford university life. Naomi said: ‘It’s very exciting to see our fifth cohort of Target Oxbridge students start at university! This group has been a pleasure to work with, and I am looking forward to seeing them develop further during their time at university. I’m also looking forward to having them join us as mentors at future Target Oxbridge events!’  

36 full programme students applied to Oxbridge and 13 received offers, giving the full programme a success rate of 36%. The Target Oxbridge success rate for 2016 is well above the national average of roughly 20%, and significantly exceeds the average success rate for black students (who receive offers at a lower rate than the national average).

This year, our undergraduates represent a range of academic disciplines, including:

  • Philosophy
  • Maths
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Human, Social and Political Sciences
  • Geography 
  • History and German 
  • Architecture 

Rare wishes all our new university students the very best with their studies, and we can’t wait to support them with whatever they do next.

Keywords: Target Oxbridge, university, freshers, Oxford University, Cambridge University