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Everything you need to know about Cambridge

Here’s a roundup of a range of facts and figures about Cambridge, following on from our previous blog about Oxford.

General Facts


Established: 1209 (fourth oldest university in Europe)

Number of new students in 2015:

3,449 new undergraduates admitted

3,556 new graduates admitted

International undergraduate students admitted in 2015: 782

International graduate students admitted in 2015: 2313

Top ten international student nationalities for 2015 entry (undergrad):

  1. Singapore – 96
  2. Hong Kong – 87
  3. China – 76
  4. Malaysia – 36
  5. Germany – 34
  6. France – 25
  7. Australia – 24
  8. USA – 23
  9. Hungary – 23
  10. Poland – 21




Number of colleges: 31 (29 undergraduate)

Notable Alumni

British Prime Ministers: 15

Olympic medal winners: 123

Nobel prize winners: 61 (former undergraduates)


Number of undergraduate courses offered: 30

Click here for full 2018 undergraduate course information

Tuition fees

UK & EU students: £9,250 per year

Overseas students: check here for tuition fees as grouped by subject.

After graduation

Six months after graduation, only 3% of Cambridge alumni were looking for work or further education.

World university rankings 2016-2017


QS World University Rankings: 4th

Times Higher Education: 4th

CWUR: 4th

US News: 7th

For QS rankings by subject, click here

World university rankings 2017-2018


QS World University Rankings: 5th

Times Higher Education: 2nd

CWUR: 4th

US News: 7th

Why study at Cambridge?


Cambridge is indisputably one of the world’s best and most prestigious universities. With the UK’s highest endowment, Cambridge is a research powerhouse, and is closely associated with the high-tech business cluster known as the ‘Silicon Fen’. It has a very similar collegiate system and teaching style to Oxford, and is the only other university in the UK to regularly offer all of its students one-on-one tutorials. Graduates from Cambridge are highly sought after by employers in a wide range of fields and enjoy significantly higher starting salaries than graduates from other UK universities.

The city itself is also a major attraction. Considered to be one of the most picturesque cities in the country, Cambridge nonetheless offers a range of cultural attractions and plenty of places to socialise. It’s also about an hour from London, meaning all of the capital’s landmarks, museums, theatres and music venues are within reach.

Want to experience studying at Cambridge under real Oxbridge academics? Click here to learn about our Cambridge Summer College.



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