Top state pupils snub Oxbridge for Ivy League

The Sunday Times is claiming that a number of Britain’s brightest students are snubbing Oxbridge to study in America, raising fears of an academic brain drain…

While most of those considering attending Ivy League universities from this autumn are from fee-paying schools, at least 33 are from state schools, including nine who also hold offers from either Oxford or Cambridge.

At Harrow School, six teenagers offered places at Oxbridge have also applied to American universities. At Eton, “several” out of the 20 pupils who have applied to America are in the same position.

The trend is being attributed in part to the high fees at British universities compared with the generous scholarship packages available abroad. Many American universities also arrange internships and part-time jobs for undergraduates to help them pay for their degrees…

The Sutton Trust, an education charity that runs a summer school programme encouraging state pupils to apply to US institutions, said the number offered places at Ivy League universities was almost three times higher than at the same time last year.

Gemma Collins, 18, a pupil at Blackpool Sixth Form College with 12 A* and two A grades at GCSE, is “edging towards” accepting an offer from Harvard rather than Cambridge. “I think it’s amazing that I could graduate with no debt from Harvard because of the scholarships they offer,” she said…

The Sutton Trust will this summer give 175 sixth-formers the chance to spend a week at Yale, Harvard or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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The numbers, while rising, are still very small but are you seeing any increase in interest at US universities from your child/sixth formers? If so, what do you think about that? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

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