Choose Your Oxford College

Ranking of Oxford colleges according to: high overall academic performance, old college.

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  1. Merton College 97

    1. The best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 76.64% for 2006–8. 100
    2. Fourth oldest, founded 1264. 94
  2. Balliol College 93

    1. Third oldest, founded 1263. 95
    2. Second best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 74.68% for 2006–8. 92
  3. University College 82

    1. Second oldest, founded 1249. 96
    2. 11th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 68.89% for 2006–8. 69

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  1. New College 82

    1. Sixth best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 72.77% for 2006–8. 84
    2. Ninth oldest, founded 1379. 79
  2. Magdalen College 80

    1. Third best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 74.56% for 2006–8. 92
    2. 12th oldest, founded 1458. 69
  3. St Edmund Hall 78

    1. Fifth oldest, founded 1278. 93
    2. 17th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 67.83% for 2006–8. 64
  4. The Queen's College 78

    1. Eighth oldest, founded 1341. 84
    2. Ninth best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 69.57% for 2006–8. 71
  5. Lincoln College 74

    1. Seventh best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 70.63% for 2006–8. 76
    2. 10th oldest, founded 1427. 73
  6. Exeter College 73

    1. Sixth oldest, founded 1314. 88
    2. 23rd best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 66.2% for 2006–8. 58
  7. St John's College 72

    1. Fourth best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 73.46% for 2006–8. 87
    2. 17th oldest, founded 1555. 57
  8. Christ Church 71

    1. Fifth best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 72.95% for 2006–8. 85
    2. 15th oldest, founded 1546. 58
  9. Oriel College 69

    1. Seventh oldest, founded 1326. 86
    2. 28th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 64.55% for 2006–8. 51
  10. Blackfriars 66

    1. The oldest, founded 1221. 100
    2. 32nd best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 60% for 2006–8. 32
  11. Trinity College 65

    1. Eighth best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 69.92% for 2006–8. 73
    2. 16th oldest, founded 1554. 57
  12. Corpus Christi College 65

    1. 13th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 68.7% for 2006–8. 68
    2. 14th oldest, founded 1517. 62
  13. Brasenose College 62

    1. 13th oldest, founded 1509. 63
    2. 19th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 67.05% for 2006–8. 61
  14. Jesus College 61

    1. 12th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 68.81% for 2006–8. 68
    2. 18th oldest, founded 1571. 54
  15. Wadham College 59

    1. 10th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 69.12% for 2006–8. 69
    2. 19th oldest, founded 1610. 49
  16. Pembroke College 55

    1. 18th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 67.17% for 2006–8. 62
    2. 20th oldest, founded 1624. 48
  17. Worcester College 50

    1. 16th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 67.85% for 2006–8. 64
    2. 21st oldest, founded 1714. 36
  18. Hertford College 50

    1. 14th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 68.5% for 2006–8. 67
    2. 22nd oldest, founded 1740. 33
  19. St Anne's College 40

    1. 15th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 68.03% for 2006–8. 65
    2. 29th oldest, founded 1879. 14
  20. Keble College 38

    1. 21st best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 66.85% for 2006–8. 60
    2. 24th oldest, founded 1870. 16
  21. St Hugh's College 37

    1. 20th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 67.03% for 2006–8. 61
    2. 30th oldest, founded 1886. 14
  22. Somerville College 37

    1. 22nd best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 66.64% for 2006–8. 59
    2. 28th oldest, founded 1879. 14
  23. Lady Margaret Hall 34

    1. 27th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 65.32% for 2006–8. 54
    2. 27th oldest, founded 1878. 15
  24. St Hilda's College 34

    1. 26th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 65.5% for 2006–8. 55
    2. 33rd oldest, founded 1893. 13
  25. St Peter's College 32

    1. 25th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 65.66% for 2006–8. 55
    2. 36th oldest, founded 1929. 8
  26. Wycliffe Hall 31

    1. 30th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 63.77% for 2006–8. 48
    2. 26th oldest, founded 1877. 15
  27. Mansfield College 31

    1. 29th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 63.94% for 2006–8. 48
    2. 31st oldest, founded 1886. 14
  28. St Catherine's College 30

    1. 24th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 66.12% for 2006–8. 57
    2. 40th oldest, founded 1963. 4
  29. Regent's Park College 28

    1. 35th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 60% for 2006–8. 32
    2. 23rd oldest, founded 1810. 23
  30. St Benet's Hall 23

    1. 31st best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 60.54% for 2006–8. 35
    2. 35th oldest, founded 1897. 12
  31. Harris Manchester College 23

    1. 34th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 60% for 2006–8. 32
    2. 32nd oldest, founded 1889. 13
  32. Campion Hall 22

    1. 33rd best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 60% for 2006–8. 32
    2. 34th oldest, founded 1896. 12
  33. St Stephen's House 7

    1. 25th oldest, founded 1876. 15
    2. 36th best overall academic performance, with Norrington score 52% for 2006–8. 0

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