When the College receives your application it will be passed on to the College tutor whose interests are closest to your own. The tutor will make a recommendation to the Tutor for Admissions, who will make the final decision in the light of the overall competition for graduate places. Merton aims to take c.84 new graduates per year across the subjects we consider for. Because of our system of targets and the strength of the competition for graduate places at Merton, not all well-qualified candidates can be offered a place at the College. In deciding between candidates, within the constraints imposed by our system of targets, Merton will take account of proven and potential academic excellence, academic ability and commitment, and the fit between particular research projects and the interests of Merton's tutors. Because Merton is a popular college, well-qualified candidates who apply late in the admissions cycle (i.e. after we have filled our places) may not be made an offer at Merton.