University of Cambridge

University Information, Campus and History
(Cambridge, Cambridge, England)

The University of Cambridge is a collegiate university located in Cambridge, England. It is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom, having topped several rankings consistently since 1997. It is also one of the most selective universities in the country, an honour it shares with the University of Oxford.

The University was established in 1209, making it the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Interestingly, its establishment was spurred by a crime - a murder committed by two students at the nearby University of Oxford. the students were hanged, and in protest, scholars from the university fled to smaller schools, including one at Cambridge. here they started holding lectures and classes, and eventually transformed the school from a temporary camp into an official institution. In 1233 Pope Gregory IX signed a decree confirming its status as a University.

The University has since gained a steady reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It is also a member of several prestigious organisations, including the Coimbra Group, a network of leading European universities, and the Russell Group, composed of the top research universities in the UK.


The Cambridge University Library is one of the best research libraries in the world. It is a legal deposit library, which gives it legal claim to a copy of all material published in the UK and Ireland, and now has over seven million volumes. It has 58 departmental and faculty libraries, 30 college libraries, two science libraries, one medical library, one law library, and 23 other associated libraries. The library provides a database of all the available informational material, which is accessible from outside the University.

The University also provides excellent venues for sports and recreation, most of which are open to all Cambridge residents. The sports departments run several athletic clubs and facilities, including track ovals, several swimming pools, and playing courts for tennis, volleyball, squash, and several other sports.

The Cambridge University Press publishes studies and books written by professors, students, and other members of the Cambridge academic community. It is one of the most prolific school publishers in the UK, as well as one of the oldest, having produced material in the hundreds of thousands since it opened in 1534.

Famous Students

The University of Cambridge has produced hundreds of outstanding graduates in almost every field. Most notably, it has produced over 80 Nobel Prize winners, more than any other university in the world. It also has prominent alumni in the arts, literature, law, and public service.

Some of the Nobel winners are Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr, who discovered atomic structure and radioactivity; Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins, who collectively determined the structure of DNA, and only last year, Richard Schrock, who conducted pioneering research in organic synthesis. World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking also earned his PhD at the university.

In literature, the University has produced poets Sylvia Plath and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, fantasy author C.S. Lewis, and essayist and novelist Salman Rushdie, to name a few. In politics, prominent graduates include Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore, and Kim Dae-Jung, former President of South Korea and 2000 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Students interested in studying at the University of Cambridge will find useful information at the university website. The Prospective Students section provides details on the application process, admission requirements, fees, and course and programme options. Prospectuses for undergraduate and graduate levels are also available. Many students choose to take advantage of the university's handy accommodation finding service, which helps locate available lodging around the city and gives advice on local rates, amenities, student insurance, landlord insurance and nearby halls of residence.

General enquiries can be directed to the University switchboard at +44 (0) 1223 337733, where you will be directed to the right department. For specific questions on admission, call the Admissions office at 01223 333308 or email enquiries to Questions on graduate student admission can be sent to You can also call +44 (0) 1223 760606 or fax questions to +44 (0)1223 338723. Prospectuses may be requested from the same number.

Contact University of Cambridge:
Address: Cambridge Admissions Office, Fitzwilliam House, 32 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QY, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1223 337733
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