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Why St John’s, Oxford, is the best Oxbridge college, according to our league table.

Why St John’s, Oxford, is the best Oxbridge college, according to our league table.

St John’s tops our exclusive Oxbridge college league table, a first-of-its-kind ranking of Oxford and Cambridge colleges that combines an abundance of explorable data with the opinions of our panel of recent graduates. 

But how do you rank the best of the best in Britain?

We designed our league table to help school leavers compare the more than 50 colleges on everything from academic performance to availability of accommodation to location and gender and state/private school balance. Panels of recent alumni offer the more colourful low-down on what life at each college is actually like. 

So why does St John's College (Oxford) come top? It doesn't have the best score in any of our four categories (financial assets, academic performance, accommodation and lifestyle), but its consistently solid scores across each of them means that it comes top overall. 

St John’s, whose alumni include Tony Blair and Philip Larkin, scores 9.9/10 in financial assets, 9.7/10 in academic performance, 8.9/10 in accommodation and 8.2/10 in lifestyle, giving the college an overall score of 36.7/40. 

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