University of Cambridge2016 League Table Ranking 1
2016 Overall Score 1000
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- The University was founded in 1209, and has a global reputation for outstanding academic achievement and world-class original research.
Location and Transport
- Cambridge is 96.5km (60 miles) north of London, off the M11 motorway, or a 50-minute journey by train from London King’s Cross.
- Stansted Airport is 48km (30 miles) away.
- Most conditional offers made by the Cambridge Colleges require A*A*A at A Level (or equivalent) for undergraduate science courses (excluding Psychological and Behavioural Sciences), and A*AA for arts courses and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.
- Colleges have the discretion to make non-standard offers where appropriate as part of their holistic assessment of candidates.
- Undergraduate applicants may be asked to submit written work or sit a test (eg BMAT, TSA or a College-based test).
- The University interviews the majority of its undergraduate applicants (approximately 80 per cent).
- For more information visit www.cam.ac.uk/whycambridge
- Read our comprehensive guide to Applying to Oxford and Cambridge.
A-Level and GCSE Requirements
- Read about our entrance requirements at: www.cam.ac.uk/entrancerequirements.
The 19,580 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:
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- The University’s undergraduate courses cover the subject area very broadly in the initial years and then offer a wide range of options in which to specialise in the later years.
- Cambridge is at the international forefront of excellence in teaching and research.
- Performance league tables consistently place Cambridge among the world's top-ranking institutions.
- Supervisions – regular small-group teaching with subject specialists – are one of the unique advantages of the teaching at Cambridge.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of submissions were deemed to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) – placing the University in the top five institutions in the UK overall, and in the top three on research power.
- Cambridge has produced 90 Nobel Prize winners across all categories – more than any other institution.
- The University has one of the highest levels of graduate employment in the UK.
- Every College and most departments have a computer suite offering a range of general and specialist software, as well as printers and scanners.
- Each College library contains the standard texts needed for undergraduate courses, as well as other materials. The University provides extensive library facilities in every department.
- The University Library is a copyright library (entitled by law to receive a copy of every book published in Britain) and holds more than eight million books, journals and other documents.
- The University’s nine specialist museums and collections are open to students and the public.
- The University and Colleges offer an array of recreational resources and facilities, utilised by the 700+ student clubs and societies.
- The University’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) offers guidance, information and support to prospective and current students with a disability, specific learning difficulty and/or long-term health condition.
- Find out about the DRC online at: www.cam.ac.uk/disability/.
- Telephone: 01223 332301; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) represents the interests of all University students and provides a range of central services and support beyond that provided by the Colleges.
- Every College also has its own students’ union, to which students are elected to represent students at a College level.
- More than 50 sports are catered for, with more than 100 sporting clubs and societies to choose from at both University and College levels. Sports facilities include playing fields, courts, boathouses and often additional facilities such as multi-gyms.
- The facilities at the University’s state-of-the-art Sports Centre (opened in 2013) currently include a 37m x 34m sports hall, multi-purpose room for floor-based sports, a fitness suite, and a strength and conditioning room with Olympic lifting platforms and plyometric track.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The University takes the view that our students should not work during term-time – an appropriate work:life balance is important to ensure students’ wellbeing, and a wide range of financial support is offered to undergraduates so they do not need to find paid work during term time.
- Cambridge has one of the highest proportions of graduates entering graduate-level employment or further study in the country, and the University Careers Service promotes more vacancies each year than there are Cambridge graduates seeking employment.
- The University is recognised by the High Fliers survey as having amongst the highest rates of students engaging with its Careers Service, having the highest student use of any careers service website (more than 95 per cent of finalists are registered), and having the largest proportion of students with some relevant work experience on their CV before the February of their final year.
- In addition to the support and guidance offered by the University’s Careers Service, many Colleges and departments offer careers advice and services.
- Christ's College – Charles Darwin, Sacha Baron-Cohen, Rowan Williams.
- Churchill College – Anthony Hewish, Sir Christopher Frayling, Diarmaid MacCulloch
- Clare College – Siegfried Sassoon, John Rutter, David Attenborough.
- Corpus Christi College – Christopher Marlow, Hugh Bonneville, Matthew Parker.
- Darwin College (graduate only) – Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Elizabeth Blackburn.
- Downing College – John Cleese, Trevor Nunn, Thandie Newton.
- Emmanuel College – John Harvard, Griff Rhys Jones, Sebastian Faulkes.
- Fitzwilliam College – Lord Fawsley, Lee Kuan Yew, Nick Drake.
- Girton College – Sandi Toksvig, Raquel Cassidy, Delia Derbyshire.
- Gonville and Caius College – Sir James Chadwick, Harold Abrahams, Edward Wilson.
- Homerton College – Nick Hancock, Cherie Lunghi, Julie Covington.
- Jesus College – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Snowdon, Nick Nornby.
- King’s College – Alan Turing, Salman Rushdie, Lily Cole.
- Magdalene College – Samuel Pepys, Katie Derham, Alan Rusbridger.
- Murray Edwards College – Mishal Hussain, Joanna MacGregor, Sue Perkins.
- Newnham College – Emma Thompson, A S Byatt, Clare Balding.
- Pembroke College – Naomie Harris, Ted Hughes, Joe Thomas.
- Peterhouse – Charles Babbage, Frank Whittle, David Mitchell.
- Queens' College – Stephen Fry, Richard Hickox, Michael Foale.
- Robinson College – Charles Hart, Konnie Huq, Robert Webb.
- St Catharine's College – Ian McKellen, Steve Punt, Richard Ayoade.
- St John's College – William Wordsworth, Hugh Dennis, Sid Waddell.
- Selwyn College – Hugh Laurie, John Sentamu, Robert Harris.
- Sidney Sussex College – Oliver Cromwell, Carol Vorderman, Tom Kilburn.
- Trinity – Antony Gormley, Stephen Frears, Charles Moore.
- Trinity Hall – J B Priestley, Terry Waite, Tom James.
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