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Eton College

Student rating 4.4/ 5 by University of Oxford student
Eton Windsor Berkshire SL4 6DW United Kingdom

Academic

Eton Collegereview by University of Oxford student. Eton College concentrates on striking a balance between ensuring students achieve good exam results and providing a stimulating curriculum for them to explore their interests. They do this very successfully in my opinion. I think the Classics department is incredibly strong, as well as the Russian department. But there are definitely no departments that could ever be described as weak. Class sizes at Eton become progressively smaller as you progress as people begin to specialise for A Levels.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

The food varies from house to house, while some eat in a food hall. Overall it is very good. There is a laundry system that means that clothes are cleaned once a week, picked up from outside your room and delivered back to it. The rooms again vary in size but more importantly every student has a room of their own from day one.

The extracurricular activities, I would rate as the best in England. The sense of house spirit engendered in playing various sports against the 24 other houses is immense and incredibly fun, while the level of sport caters for both keen and casual players. Theatre is very popular and there are two theatres at the school that regularly put on student-run plays. The school actively encourages this kind of creative activity.