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Undergraduate Study



Five simple steps

If you want to apply to Cambridge, the process is much the same as that for other universities. However, at Cambridge the process starts earlier to allow time for all of the application information to be gathered and considered. This section guides you through the process.

1. Course

You’re going to be studying the subject 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!
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2. College

Where would you like to live when you’re here? You can either indicate if you have a preference College or make an open application.
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3. Apply

Submit your UCAS application online by 15 October – our institution code is CAM C05. Soon after, submit your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) – a few extra questions requesting information not included in your UCAS application which we find helpful. 

You also need to submit the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) if you’re living/attending school/college outside the EU at the time of application and/or applying for an Organ Scholarship. There is also an additional application form if you're applying for the Graduate Course in Medicine.

Other application deadlines apply for those wishing to be interviewed in particular overseas countries, and for some mature applicants.

It’s not possible to apply to both the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in the same year.

4. Interview

Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. That’s more than 80 per cent of applicants each year.
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5. Decision

We’ll advise you of our decision before the end of January.
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Cambridge Application Deadline

15 OCT

The application deadline for 2016 entry is the 15 October 2015.

University term dates

7 Oct - 5 Dec 2014 (Michaelmas)
13 Jan - 13 Mar 2015 (Lent)
21 Apr - 12 Jun 2015 (Easter)

6 Oct - 4 Dec 2015 (Michaelmas)
12 Jan - 11 Mar 2016 (Lent)
19 Apr - 10 Jun 2016 (Easter) 

The Application Process