About the University
The University of Cambridge is a confederation of Departments, Schools, Faculties and Colleges. Our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Our core values are freedom of thought and expression, and freedom from discrimination.
The University of Cambridge is justly famous for its heritage of scholarship, historic role and magnificent architecture. This heritage supports one of the world’s most important centres for teaching and research. Our collegiate structure gives a strong sense of community, and the University is determined to remain at the forefront of international scholarship and research.
You’re going to be studying to a very high level for several years so make sure you choose a course you’re personally interested in and will really enjoy studying! Check, also, that you meet the entrance requirements of the course you want to study.
If you want to apply to the University, you do so through UCAS. However, at Cambridge the process starts earlier to allow time for all of the application information to be gathered and considered.
Submit your UCAS application by 15 October – our institution code is CAM C05.Other application deadlines apply for those wishing to be interviewed in overseas countries, and for some mature applicants.
There’s an additional application form if you’re applying for the Graduate Course in Medicine.
Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)
Shortly after submitting the UCAS application, you’ll be asked (via email) to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) – a few extra questions requesting information not included in your UCAS application, which we find helpful, for example topics covered as part of your A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) courses. You will also have the option to complete a Cambridge-specific personal statement as part of the SAQ. To make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your SAQ by the relevant deadline.
Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)
If you’re living or attending school/college outside the EU and/or applying for an Organ Scholarship, you need to submit the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA), and the deadline for submitting this may be earlier than 15 October (see the COPA webpages for details).
4. Written assessment
Most applicants are required to take a written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview, if interviewed.
Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. That’s around 75% of applicants each year on average (though the percentage varies between courses and interview locations). Interviews usually take place during the first three weeks of December.
We’ll advise you of our decision before the end of January.