Getting Into University of Cambridge

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About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. It is located in the town of Cambridge — just an hour from the city of London. The university is a collegiate public research institution and home to more than 18,000 students and 9,000 staff. There are 31 colleges, some of which date back to the 13th century, and more than 100 academic departments.

A Brief History
A brief history

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge’s 800-year history makes it the fourth-oldest university in the world and the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

General info
General information

Cambridge's 6 schools are spread across the university’s colleges: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology.

Quick facts about Cambridge

  • Average undergrad degree: 3 years course specific
  • Setting: Small city in county Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 12,350 (approx)
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What is the median starting salary of Cambridge graduates?

$50,000 AUD

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How hard is it to get into Cambridge?

While Cambridge’s overall acceptance rate is approximately 20%, for many courses the rate is much lower. Cambridge is one of the most competitive schools in the UK.

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What's the easiest way to get into Cambridge?

There is no easy way to get into Cambridge! But starting early and seeking guidance from resources like Crimson can increase your chances by 400%

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Virtual tour of the University of Cambridge

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Notable alumni

Cambridge boasts some of the most accomplished alumni in the world including 92 Nobel Laureate affiliates whose prizes cover every category. The university has educated eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors and heads of state with notable graduates including Charles Darwin, Prince Charles, physicist Robert Oppenheimer and actor Ian McKellen.

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01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Building Your Plan
02. Meeting Your Educational Coordinator
Choosing Your Schools
03. Planning With Your Crimson Strategist
Acing Your Tests
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Boosting Your ECLs
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Writing Your Essays
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Nailing The Interview
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