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Balliol College is one of the colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It was founded in 1263 by John Balliol, father of King John Balliol of Scotland.

Balliol is Oxford's most popular college. It has more students applying to study there each year than any other college at Oxford. According to its website, from 2002 through 2005, Balliol had the largest number of applications of any Oxford college from both undergraduate students and from graduate students. Balliol also usually has more students from other countries than the other undergraduate colleges. In 2006, Balliol had an endowment of £78m.

Usually, the undergraduate students are the most politically active students in the university. The college's alumni include several former prime ministers. Adam Smith, a graduate student of the college, is one of its best known students. In 2006, 45.1% of finalists got First Class Honours degrees. This is a higher percentage than any other Oxford college has ever had. The college was placed second in the Norrington Table.

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