The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English- speaking world and lays claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. As an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research, Oxford attracts students and scholars from across the globe, with almost a quarter of our students from outside of Great Britain. More than 130 nationalities are represented among a student population of over 18,000.
Oxford is a collegiate university, with 39 self-governing colleges related to the University in a type of federal system. There are also seven Permanent Private Halls, founded by different Christian denominations. Thirty colleges and all halls admit students for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Seven other colleges are for graduate students only; one has Fellows only, and one specializes in part-time and continuing education.
The North American Office was established in New York in 1989 as part of the Campaign for Oxford, the first successful capital campaign conducted by a British university. Through its ongoing programs in fund raising and alumni relations, the North American Office continues to support the University and its Colleges to fulfill their historic mission to provide excellence in research, scholarship and teaching to the global community.