Colleges of the University of Cambridge

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This is a list of the colleges within the University of Cambridge. These colleges provide most of the accommodation for undergraduates and graduates at the University, and at the undergraduate level they have responsibility for admitting students to the University and organising their tuition.[1] They also provide funding, accommodation, or both, for some of the senior research posts in the University.[2] They are self-governed charities in their own right, with their own endowments and possessions. Until the mid-19th century, both Cambridge and Oxford comprised a group of colleges with a small central university administration, rather than universities in the common sense.

"Old" and "new" colleges[edit]

The University of Cambridge has 31 colleges,[2] founded between the 13th and 20th centuries. No colleges were founded between 1596 (Sidney Sussex College) and 1800 (Downing College), which allows the colleges to be distinguished into two groups according to foundation date:

  • the 16 'old' colleges, founded between 1284 and 1596, and
  • the 15 'new' colleges, founded between 1800 and 1977.

The oldest college is Peterhouse, founded in 1284,[3] and the newest is Robinson, founded in 1977.[4] Homerton, which was founded as a teacher training college in the 19th century, attained full college status in 2010.

Restrictions on entry[edit]

All 16 of the "old" colleges and 8 of the 15 "new" ones admit both male and female students as both undergraduates and postgraduates, without any age restrictions. Seven colleges restrict entry by sex, or by age of undergraduates, or admit only postgraduates:

No colleges are all-male, although most originally were. Darwin, founded in 1964, was the first mixed college, while in 1972 Churchill, Clare and King's colleges were the first previously all-male colleges to admit women. The last all-male college to become mixed was Magdalene, in 1988.[6]

Colleges[edit]

Key: U–undergraduates, P–postgraduates, Abb-Official abbreviation used in the Reporter.[7]

Scarf colours[8] College Founded[9] U[10] P[10] Male %[10] Female %[10] Total[10] Fixed assets (£)[11][12]
(Mostly 2006)
Website Abb Notes
                     
Christ's 1505 423 91 58 42 514 137,257,000 [13] CHR
                             
Churchill 1960 476 228 71 29 704 105,978,346 [14] CHU
                     
Clare 1326 473 182 52 48 655 70,707,000 [15] CL
                             
Clare Hall 1965 0 155 47 53 155 10,579,203 [16] CLH Graduate students only.
                     
Corpus Christi 1352 250 209 60 40 459 191,233,087 [17] CC
                             
Darwin 1964 0 674[18] 54 46 674 33,160,032 [19] DAR Graduate students only.
                 
Downing 1800 440 183 66 34 623 86,798,000 [20] DOW
                     
Emmanuel 1584 510 123 51 49 633 152,640,692 [21] EM
                     
Fitzwilliam 1869 (1966) 502 186 63 37 688 43,509,000 [22] F
                             
Girton 1869 531 146 53 47 677 64,000,000[23] [24] G Formerly women's only; became mixed in 1976
       
Gonville and Caius 1348 546 173 60 40 719 159,332,000 [25] CAI
                     
Homerton 1895 (1976) 593 588 37 63 1181 123,453,808 [26][27] HO
             
Hughes Hall 1885 85 334 61 39 419 18,483,546 [28] HH Mature undergrad, and grad students only. Became mixed in 1973.
     
Jesus 1496 503 201 57 43 704 242,995,403 [29] JE
                     
King's 1441 394 187 57 43 581 155,618,000 [30] K
                                   
Lucy Cavendish 1965 110 110 0 100 220 24,323,000 [31] LC Mature female undergrad, and female grad students only.
                     
Magdalene 1428 366 127 54 46 493 73,763,845 [32] M
                             
Murray Edwards 1954 387 55 0 100 442 52,852,893 [33] MUR Female only. Formerly New Hall.
                     
Newnham 1871 412 112 0 100 524 90,287,969 [34] N Female students only.
                     
Pembroke 1347 442 155 53 47 597 103,991,180 [35] PEM
       
Peterhouse 1284 266 88 57 43 354 256,369,000[36] [37] PET
                     
Queens' 1448 535 297 57 43 832 57,310,511 [38] Q
                 
Robinson 1977 422 73 60 40 495 24,863,000 [39] R
                     
St Catharine's 1473 462 159 52 48 621 68,797,000 [40] CTH
                                 
St Edmund's 1896 126 205 69 31 331 8,381,224 [41] ED Mature undergrad, and grad students only.
                             
St John's 1511 588 243 59 41 831 653,359,000 [42] [43] JN
                             
Selwyn 1882 388 130 70 30 518 69,992,285 [44] SE
   
Sidney Sussex 1596 371 135 63 37 506 64,952,747 [45] SID
                     
Trinity 1546 671 359 63 37 1030 892,529,000 [46] [47] T
                     
Trinity Hall 1350 384 196 54 46 580 208,176,916 [48] TH
                             
Wolfson 1965 119 385 64 36 504 47,307,000 [49] W Mature undergrad, and grad students only.
Totals 11,824 6,002 17,826 c. 3,407,053,395 Total Endowment of University, c. £4.1 billion[50]

There are also several theological colleges in Cambridge (for example Ridley Hall, Wesley House, Westcott House and Westminster College) that are affiliated with the university through the Cambridge Theological Federation. These colleges, while not officially part of the University of Cambridge, operate programmes that are either validated by or are taught on behalf of either the University or Anglia Ruskin University.[51]

Timeline of the colleges in the order their students are presented for graduation, compared with some events in British history.

Former colleges[edit]

The above list does not include several former colleges that no longer exist. These include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  34. ^ "Newnham College". Newnham College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  35. ^ "Pembroke College". Pembroke College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
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  39. ^ "Robinson College". Robinson College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  40. ^ "St Catharine's College". St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  41. ^ "St Edmund's College". St Edmund's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
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  44. ^ "Selwyn College". Selwyn College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
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