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Ranking of Oxford colleges according to: old college, large number of undergraduates.

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  1. Balliol College 91

    1. Third oldest, founded 1263. 95
    2. Seventh most undergraduates, with 382 in 2007/8. 87
  2. University College 90

    1. Second oldest, founded 1249. 96
    2. 16th most undergraduates, with 365 in 2007/8. 83
  3. St Edmund Hall 89

    1. Fifth oldest, founded 1278. 93
    2. 13th most undergraduates, with 371 in 2007/8. 85

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  1. New College 84

    1. Sixth most undergraduates, with 391 in 2007/8. 89
    2. Ninth oldest, founded 1379. 79
  2. Exeter College 81

    1. Sixth oldest, founded 1314. 88
    2. 22nd most undergraduates, with 329 in 2007/8. 75
  3. Merton College 81

    1. Fourth oldest, founded 1264. 94
    2. 24th most undergraduates, with 298 in 2007/8. 68
  4. Magdalen College 78

    1. 11th most undergraduates, with 377 in 2007/8. 86
    2. 12th oldest, founded 1458. 69
  5. The Queen's College 77

    1. Eighth oldest, founded 1341. 84
    2. 23rd most undergraduates, with 308 in 2007/8. 70
  6. Oriel College 76

    1. Seventh oldest, founded 1326. 86
    2. 25th most undergraduates, with 288 in 2007/8. 65
  7. Wadham College 74

    1. Second most undergraduates, with 427 in 2007/8. 98
    2. 19th oldest, founded 1610. 49
  8. Christ Church 74

    1. Fifth most undergraduates, with 391 in 2007/8. 89
    2. 15th oldest, founded 1546. 58
  9. Brasenose College 71

    1. 18th most undergraduates, with 345 in 2007/8. 79
    2. 13th oldest, founded 1509. 63
  10. St John's College 69

    1. 17th most undergraduates, with 357 in 2007/8. 81
    2. 17th oldest, founded 1555. 57
  11. Lincoln College 69

    1. 10th oldest, founded 1427. 73
    2. 26th most undergraduates, with 285 in 2007/8. 65
  12. Pembroke College 66

    1. 14th most undergraduates, with 370 in 2007/8. 84
    2. 20th oldest, founded 1624. 48
  13. Jesus College 65

    1. 21st most undergraduates, with 330 in 2007/8. 75
    2. 18th oldest, founded 1571. 54
  14. Worcester College 61

    1. Eighth most undergraduates, with 379 in 2007/8. 86
    2. 21st oldest, founded 1714. 36
  15. Trinity College 60

    1. 27th most undergraduates, with 281 in 2007/8. 64
    2. 16th oldest, founded 1554. 57
  16. Hertford College 59

    1. 12th most undergraduates, with 371 in 2007/8. 85
    2. 22nd oldest, founded 1740. 33
  17. Corpus Christi College 57

    1. 14th oldest, founded 1517. 62
    2. 28th most undergraduates, with 229 in 2007/8. 52
  18. St Anne's College 55

    1. Third most undergraduates, with 419 in 2007/8. 96
    2. 29th oldest, founded 1879. 14
  19. Lady Margaret Hall 52

    1. Fourth most undergraduates, with 393 in 2007/8. 90
    2. 27th oldest, founded 1878. 15
  20. St Catherine's College 52

    1. The most undergraduates, with 437 in 2007/8. 100
    2. 40th oldest, founded 1963. 4
  21. Keble College 51

    1. Ninth most undergraduates, with 379 in 2007/8. 86
    2. 24th oldest, founded 1870. 16
  22. Blackfriars 50

    1. The oldest, founded 1221. 100
    2. 35th most undergraduates, with 8 in 2007/8. 0
  23. St Hilda's College 49

    1. 10th most undergraduates, with 377 in 2007/8. 86
    2. 33rd oldest, founded 1893. 13
  24. St Hugh's College 49

    1. 15th most undergraduates, with 367 in 2007/8. 84
    2. 30th oldest, founded 1886. 14
  25. Somerville College 46

    1. 19th most undergraduates, with 342 in 2007/8. 78
    2. 28th oldest, founded 1879. 14
  26. St Peter's College 43

    1. 20th most undergraduates, with 341 in 2007/8. 78
    2. 36th oldest, founded 1929. 8
  27. Mansfield College 31

    1. 29th most undergraduates, with 214 in 2007/8. 48
    2. 31st oldest, founded 1886. 14
  28. Regent's Park College 20

    1. 23rd oldest, founded 1810. 23
    2. 31st most undergraduates, with 79 in 2007/8. 17
  29. Harris Manchester College 15

    1. 30th most undergraduates, with 79 in 2007/8. 17
    2. 32nd oldest, founded 1889. 13
  30. St Benet's Hall 10

    1. 35th oldest, founded 1897. 12
    2. 32nd most undergraduates, with 39 in 2007/8. 7
  31. Wycliffe Hall 9

    1. 26th oldest, founded 1877. 15
    2. 33rd most undergraduates, with 25 in 2007/8. 4
  32. St Stephen's House 8

    1. 25th oldest, founded 1876. 15
    2. 34th most undergraduates, with 9 in 2007/8. 0

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