University of Cambridge

2015 League Table Ranking 1
2015 Overall Score 1000
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Entry Standards 614 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.98 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 2,401 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.24 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 747 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 84.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 98.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 88.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 27.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The university, founded in 1209, has recently celebrated its 800th anniversary.

Location and Transport

  • Cambridge is 88.5km (55 miles) north of London, off the M11 motorway, a 45-minute journey by train.
  • Stansted Airport is 48km (30 miles) away.

Entry Standards

  • Most conditional offers made by the Cambridge colleges will require A*A*A in three A-level subjects (or equivalent) for 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.
  • Applicants may be asked to submit written work or sit a test (i.e. BMAT or a college-based test).
  • The university interviews the majority of its undergraduate applicants.
  • Read our comprehensive guide to Applying to Oxford and Cambridge.

Student Mix

The 19580 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • Courses cover the subject very broadly in the initial years and then become more specialised within a wide range of options in the later years.

Teaching Standards

  • 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, small group tutorials with a senior member of the university, are one of the unique advantages of the teaching at Cambridge.

Research Standards

  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 71% of academic staff were deemed to be producing world-leading or internationally excellent research – the highest proportion of outstanding research in the UK.

Academic Strengths

  • Cambridge has produced 89 Nobel Prize winners.
  • The university has one of the highest levels of graduate employment in the UK.

Student Facilities

  • Every college has a computer suite, linked to the university network and available (usually round the clock) for work and email.
  • Each college library contains the standard texts needed for an undergraduate course, as well as other materials. The university provides extensive library facilities in every department.
  • The university library is a copyright library, meaning it receives by law a copy of every book published in Britain.

Disability Services

  • The university has a Disability Resource Centre.
  • Find out about the disability service at Cambridge University on the website.
  • Telephone 01223 332301, fax 01223 766863, or email

Students' Union

  • The union exists to represent Cambridge students' interests at a university level, and to provide central services and support for all students.


  • A wide range of sports are catered for at university and college level. Sports facilities include playing fields, courts, boathouses and often additional facilities such as multi-gyms.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • An ongoing estate development programme is currently valued at more than £430 million, with major new faculty, research and accommodation facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Since the university terms are short and highly demanding on students' time and intellectual capabilities, the university strongly discourages taking on part-time work during term time.

Notable Alumni

  • Christ's College – Charles Darwin, Sacha Baron-Cohen, Rowan Williams.
  • Clare College – Siegfried Sassoon, Roger Norrington, David Attenborough.
  • Corpus Christi College – Christopher Marlow, John Fletcher, Matthew Parker.
  • Darwin College – Jane Goodall.
  • Downing College – John Cleese, Trevor Nunn, Thandie Newton.
  • Emmanuel College – John Harvard, Griff Rhys Jones, Graham Chapman.
  • Fitzwilliam College – Lord Fawsley, Lee Kuan Yew, Nick Drake.
  • Girton College – Sandi Toksvig, Raquel Cassidy, Delia Derbyshire.
  • Gonville and Caius College – Thomas Shadwell, Harold Abrahams, Alastair Campbell.
  • Homerton College – Nick Hancock, Cherie Lunghi, Graham Wynne.
  • Jesus College – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Snowdon, Nick Nornby.
  • Kings College – Francis Walsingham, Salman Rushdie, Lily Cole.
  • Magdalene College – Samuel Pepys, Katie Derham, Alan Rusbridger.
  • New Hall College – Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, Sue Perkins.
  • Newnham College – Emma Thompson, A.S. Byatt, Claire Balding.
  • Pembroke College – William Pitt, Jonathan Lynn, Eric Idle.
  • Peterhouse College – Charles Babbage, Sam Mendes, David Mitchell.
  • Queens' College – Stephen Fry, Richard Hickox, Osborne Reynolds.
  • 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, Simon Hughes, Robert Harris.
  • Sidney Sussex College – Oliver Cromwell, Ian Lang, Tom Kilburn.
  • Trinity – John Nott, Stephen Frears, Charles Moore.
  • Trinity Hall College – J.B Priestley, Terry Waite, Stephen Hawking.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1223 333308
  • University of Cambridge
    Cambridge Admissions Office
    Fitzwilliam House
    32 Trumpington Street
    CB2 1QY
UCAS Code C05

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