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University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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.

18,400

Total students

57%

Undergraduate percentage

A*A*A-AAA

A-Level requirements

40-42

Average International Baccalaureate (IB) score

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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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Cambridge by the Numbers

What is Cambridge's QS World University Ranking?

#7

How many colleges does Cambridge have?

31

What is Cambridge's student-faculty ratio?

12:1

What is the percentage of international students at Cambridge?

36%

What is the median starting salary of Cambridge graduates?

£27,000

What percentage of Cambridge students are male and what percentage are female?

52% male and 48% female

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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Six popular courses

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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