Oxford University is aiming to fill one in four of its course places with pupils from state schools.
According to a report in The Independent, the university will target British applicants from a total of 2,372 schools and colleges with the poorest history of either applying or gaining a place at Oxford.
Entry requirements to the university are three grade A passes at A-level, a figure only 30 pupils from those schools and colleges have hit in a three-year period.
A report from the Office for Fair Access (OFA) acknowledged that the outlook for admissions at Oxford is not as clear-cut as it seems.
It said: ""There are students from relatively wealthy backgrounds at state schools and students from relatively disadvantaged ones at independent schools."
One third of the current holders of the full Oxford Opportunity Bursary were educated in the independent sector, the OFA added.
It was also reported in the paper that Cambridge University is forewarning that next year it will be challenging just to keep to the current degree of admissions from poorer groups.
This news comes in light of findings that recently showed Oxbridge accepted more intakes from five schools and colleges than from almost 2,000 others in the last three years.
The study also said that pupils who are privately educated are around seven times more likely to attend Oxford or Cambridge Universities than children from state schools.
Posted by Harriet McGowan