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The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the UK and one of the most prestigious educational establishments in the world. The university is split into 31 autonomous colleges where students receive small group teaching sessions known as college supervisions. Cambridge has some of the most ancient and iconic buildings at any university, yet facilities are modern and benefitting from ongoing and substantial investment.

Key Facts


  • #3 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • #3 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2024
  • #1 in the Complete University Guide 2024
  • #3 of all universities globally in the Times Higher Education World rankings 2023
  • Within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, Cambridge is 1st in the UK for almost half of the subjects that have rankings. These include Archaeology; Architecture; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; General Engineering; Law; Linguistics; Materials Technology; Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; Sociology.

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Over 13,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Over 8,500

Year founded

  • 1209

  • Six schools are spread across the university’s 31 colleges: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology.
  • Cambridge entered 95% of eligible academics for the most recent Research Excellence Framework — no university involved a higher proportion — and 87% of their work was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. 
  • The university is home to over 100 libraries, which, between them, hold more than 15 million books in total. The university also owns nine arts, scientific and cultural museums, and a botanical garden. 
  • Some of the most notable Cambridge alumni include eminent scientists and mathematicians such as Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing, and famous names in the arts such as Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Tom Hiddleston.
"Cambridge is my dream university and it is why I choose to study in the UK. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious institutes of higher learning, and also has a traditionally strong reputation in Economics. "
Zixuan Xiong
University of Cambridge

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