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Undergraduate Study


Six 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 and for you to sit your written assessments (where required). This section guides you through the process.

1. Course

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!

2. College

Where would you like to live when you’re here? In your UCAS application, indicate if you have a preference College or if you’re making an open application.

3. Apply

UCAS application

Submit your UCAS application by 15 October – our institution code is CAM C05.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)

Shortly after submitting the UCAS application, you will be requested (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. To make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your SAQ by the deadline set. In the majority of cases this deadline will be 12pm noon (UK time) on 22 October 2016.

Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

If living/attending school/college outside the EU and/or applying for an Organ Scholarship applicants need to submit the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA).

There is an additional application form if you're applying for the Graduate Course in Medicine.


You may be required to submit an academic transcript.

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

4. Written assessment

Most applicants are required to take a written assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (if interviewed).

5. Interview

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

6. Decision

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

Cambridge Application Deadline

15 OCT

The application deadline for 2017 entry is the 15 October 2016, 6:00pm (UK time).

University term dates

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

4 Oct - 2 Dec 2016 (Michaelmas)
17 Jan - 17 Mar 2017 (Lent)
25 Apr - 16 Jun 2017 (Easter) 

3 Oct - 1 Dec 2017 (Michaelmas)
16 Jan - 16 Mar 2018 (Lent)
24 Apr - 16 Jun 2018 (Easter)

The Application Process