In tutorials our undergraduates meet their tutor alone or with one or two other students, meaning greater personal attention and the tailoring of learning to meet students' individual needs. Tutorials take place at least once per week, in addition to lectures and labs.
Researching and writing essays or preparing solutions to set problems, for discussion with the tutor, requires self-motivation and excellent time management. Unlike lectures, or even group seminars, there is nowhere to hide. Ideas are subjected to close scrutiny and challenge.
Students learn how to think for themselves, formulate and defend arguments and accept constructive criticism – skills which are highly valued by employers.
Securing the future of the tutorial system is one of the University's highest priorities. We subsidise each undergraduate's education by as much as £8,000 per year, using endowments as well as philanthropic and commercial income.
Nearly 2,700 current students are in receipt of an Oxford Opportunity Bursary. For undergraduates joining the University in 2012-13 there will be changes to tuition charges and student financial support arrangements. Oxford will be offering the most generous financial support of any university to those on a family income of less than £16,000. For more information see our 2012 Student Finance web page.
Oxford has a world-class reputation for academic excellence. Our students are taught by academic leaders in their field.
Superb libraries, museums and collections also enrich our students' experience.
College libraries are open 24 hours a day in most cases, and provide large collections including all the key texts for undergraduate courses.
University-wide libraries, museums and collections include:
The Pitt Rivers Museum
The Botanic Garden
The Ashmolean Museum
College life is one of the University’s greatest assets. All of our students are members of a college where they live - often for the first and final years of their course, sometimes for the full duration of their course. The college community provides a friendly and welcoming home for students, and exposes them to a multidisciplinary environment where ideas are debated over meals and in common rooms.
Students meet people from all walks of life and from many different countries. There are more than 20,000 students at Oxford, from 145 countries and territories.
Undergraduate students each have a college tutor, who remains a consistent and important point of support throughout their degree.
The college tutor provides continuity of guidance and support throughout a student's degree.