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We were founded in 1954 to welcome outstanding young womento Cambridge, no matter what their background, and to provide the best educationpossible. More than 60 years later, this mission remains at the heart of our existence.We welcome applications from female students from all educational, social, and cultural backgrounds.

If Cambridge offers a course that interests you, we encourage you to apply to 鶹. We take great pride in handling applications from outstanding applicants and continually ensure that our procedures and decisions are fair and transparent.If you would like to discuss making an application to the College, we encourage you toorcontact usdirectly -- we would love to hear from you.

To find our more about what student life is like at 鶹 you canbrowse our online resources, meet some of our current students,take a look at our programme ofOpen Days, Events and Visits, or downloadour prospectus. Moremore general information on Cambridge applications can be found on the.

Entrance requirements

You can find details of our entrance requirements for individual courses, including subject requirements, admissions assessments, submitted work and typical offers, on our subject information pages. On these pages, we specify subject requirements and typical offers in terms of A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB).

Further information about other and can be found on the University website. Please contact the College Admissions Office if you have any queries.


As part of our assessment process, we interview everyone who has a realistic chance of gaining a place with us. Interviews form just one part of our overall assessment of you, and will always be considered alongside all of the other information in your application. However, we know that interviews are aspecial part of the Cambridge application process, and we are often asked about them. If you are invited to interview, you may find it helpful to read the on what to expect and how best to prepare beforehand.

For those candidates applying for 2024 entry, allshortlisted candidates will be interviewed online.

Application statistics

We aim to admit around 105 students each year, from the UK, Europe and beyond. Recent for 鶹 are available on the University website.

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply to 鶹?

For undergraduate admissions, we will consider any student whoidentifies as a woman at the point of application (i.e. when submitting their initial October application). This information is communicated to the College through the UCAS application and we will only consider those applications that we receivewhere a student has selected the gender category ‘Woman’.

If you make an open application, you will be allocated to 鶹 only if you have selected ‘Woman’ as your gender identity. Similarly, at the pool stage, 鶹 will only consider applications from those who have declared their gender identity as ‘Woman.’

For more information see the College's Gender Inclusivity Statementor get in touch with us directly (details below).

Can I apply to 鶹 if I am transgender or non-binary?

鶹 provides a warm and welcoming environment for students who self-identify within the broad spectrum of LGBTQ+ identities. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community in which all of our students can thrive and succeed. At the admissions level, we will consider any student who, at the point of application, identifies as a woman. This information is communicated to the College through the UCAS application where a student has selected the gender category 'Woman'.Currently, we only consider students who identify themselves as a 'Woman'at the point of applicationand, where they have been identified as male at birth, has taken steps to live in the female gender (or has been legally recognised as female via the Gender Recognition Act 2004).

Will I be allocated to 鶹 if I make an Open Application?If you make an , you will only be allocated to 鶹 if you have selected ‘Woman’ as your gender identity on your UCAS application.

How will the Pool Process work for transgender and non-binary applicants?At the , 鶹 will only consider applicationsfrom those who have declared their gender identity as 'Woman' on their UCAS application.

The College is supportive of our students who transition following their admission to the College or who do not wish to define themselves as either a woman or a man. To find out more please see the College's Gender Inclusivity Statement and details onhow the College supports transgender and non-binary students. We would also encourage prospective applicants who would like to learn more about the lived student experience at 鶹 to contact our student JCR LGBT+ and Trans & Non-BinaryOfficers at

What is your UCAS code?

To apply to 鶹, choose UCAS Campus Code 'O'.

Can I apply if I am under 18?

Although we normally expect students to be 18 on entry (i.e. when they start their course), we can consider applicants who will be under 18 on a case-by-case basis. In addition to your academic ability and potential, we would take into account your maturity, the extent to which you are likely to benefit from early entry to the College and University environment, and the particular requirements of the subject you wish to study. For Medicine,students must be 18 years of age by the beginning of November of the 1st year of their course.

Does 鶹 consider students who wish to take a gap year?

Yes, we arehappy to offer deferred places and consider all applicants who have decided to take a gap year. We are happy to consider students who are either applying for deferred entry while completing their qualificationsor thoseapplying with results already in hand.

Gap years can be a great way todevelop skills related to your future studies, such as language skills, experience in industry, or exposure to different cultures. Whatever you are thinking of doing, be ready to discuss it if you are invited to interview. You don't need exact plans, just a sense of what you are going to do;it is also a good idea to think about how those experiences might connect with your future studies and be ready to discuss those. If your plans don't obviously connect with your studies, that is not a problem, but have a think about planning some activities to keep your skills and knowledge sharp, even if it is just some additional reading.

What support is available for disabled applicants?

鶹 welcomes applications from all students with the academic ability and potential to flourish at Cambridge and aims to make the application process as accessible and inclusive as possible.

We strongly encourage you to disclose any disability, specific learning difficulty, long-term health condition or mental health condition and provide any relevant information in your UCAS application. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments to the admissions assessment and interview process, if required. Find out more about .

If you have experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage, we advise that your school/college completes and submits an (ECF). If your school/college remains unaware of the full circumstances, your doctor or social worker may complete the form on your behalf. The ECF is designed to ensure that we have the information required to accurately assess your application.

What support is available if I am applying as a care leaver or as an estranged student?

At 鶹 we understand that care leavers and estranged students may have specific concerns when considering or starting university, and it’s important to us they feel supported during this time. When applying, it’s important that you indicate in your UCAS application that you’ve spent time in local authority care. This is to ensure that you receive all of the support available to you. This information is held in strict confidence by us and the University.

Currently, prospective students cannot indicate on their UCAS application that they are estranged. If you’re an estranged student we advise you to use the (ECF)to let the University know that you are living independently.

Find out more about .

Can I apply if I am a 'mature' applicant?

Yes, we welcome applications from any student who will be 18 or above on entry, and this includes mature applicants ('mature' typically refers to applicants who will be21 or older when they start their degree).

Mature applicants are welcome to get in touch with us directly or canseek advice from the Cambridge Colleges that only admit mature students (the 'Mature Colleges'): Hughes Hall, St Edmund's and Wolfson. Speaking withone or more of the MatureColleges may be especially useful if you are taking qualifications such as an Access to HE diploma. You can also find more information and links on the .

Can I apply to study at 鶹 as an affiliate student?

Yes, we welcomeapplications from prospective affiliate students in all subjects exceptArchitecture, History and Modern Languages, History and Politics,Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Please seefor more information.

Can I apply to 鶹while studying at another UK University?

We will only accept applications from students currently studying a degree course at another UK university if there is evidence of significant extenuating circumstances, or if the student is looking to study a substantially different subject from their current course. As part of your application, we will usually ask you to provide a reference from your current University to confirm that they are supportive of you making anapplication. It is not possible to 'transfer in'to Cambridge: accepted students who have previously studied at a UK University would be required to re-start at the beginning of the Cambridge course.

Does 鶹 admit students forthe Cambridge University Foundation Year in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?

Yes. For more information on this, please see our page here

Still have questions?

If you still have any questions or queries concerning admissions or the College more generally please get in touch with the Admissions Office:
Telephone: 01223 762229

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