Fun > Norrington Table 2000-2007

If you're thinking of applying to Oxford University, you'll have heard about the Norrington Table. It was devised by Sir Arthur Norrington, president of Trinity College in 1962. The table ranks and rates Oxford colleges on the exam results of undergraduate students taking their finals.

For many years the University tried to prevent its publication, but newspapers and students joined forces to gather the data by hand. However inaccuracies were rife: in 2004, missing data led to St Catherine's being accidentally promoted 13 places. In 2005, the University published its own official rankings for the first time. In 2007, Merton College were once again top.

Of course these rankings should be taken with a large pinch of salt, other resources like The Times Good University Guide produce entirely different rankings for universities and colleges.

Year 2000 2001 2001
2002 2003 2004 2004
2005 2005
2006 2007
Merton1631111 1211
Magdalen3675363 443=2
Christ Church459782018 9963
Balliol91110544 3324
New64337117 15153=5
St John's2222622 2156
Trinity13181722112323 141497
Lincoln218620221613 252488
Hertford101210161958 66179
Pembroke27232227252224 17172310
Worcester17141513121221 20=20=1411
St Edmund Hall202626182099 24251312
St Anne's241618681715 882213
University1113131242526 551014
Jesus12151491375 13131915
Queen's25212114272627 20=20=1216
Wadham7212011286 1111717
Keble14171915212019 10102618
Somerville8282824281517 12121619
St Peter's26292919181011 27262720
Brasenose183525132420 18181521
Lady Margaret Hall16242529292728 29291822
Corpus Christi19988151410 16161123
Exeter510122691312 772524
St Hugh's23192417171814 28282425
St Catherine's222016416316 22222126
St Hilda's28252321243030 23232027
Mansfield29272728262929 19192928
Oriel15111123231925 26272829
Harris Manchester30303030302822 30303030

A note about the tables

Final year students score 5 for a first, 3 for a 2:1, 2 for a 2:2 and 1 for a 3rd. The ranking is based on (actual score)/(possible score). Strangely, there's no decent compilation of Norrington Tables on the web, so this is compiled from a number of sources. The Cambridge University equivalent is the Tompkins Table. There is no present way to compare Oxbridge colleges directly!

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