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Undergraduate Study

Please note: This site currently contains information for those who applied for 2016 entry. Information for 2017 entry will be available in March.


Shortly after submitting your UCAS application, you will be asked via email to complete an online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). In order 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 2015

If a different deadline applies to you, your College will notify you of the date. If you’re in any doubt about the deadline by which you must complete the SAQ, please contact the College to check as soon as possible.

The purpose of the SAQ is to ensure that we have complete and consistent information about all applicants. It also enables us to collect information that's not part of the UCAS application but is helpful when assessing applications, such as the topics you've covered as part of your AS/A Level (or equivalent) courses (which helps our interviewers decide which questions to ask).

What does the SAQ look like?

The SAQ is divided into eight sections. These sections make up the horizontal navigation displayed along the top of each page.

  1. Application Type
  2. Photograph
  3. Personal Details
  4. Course Details
  5. Education
  6. Qualifications
  7. Additional Information
  8. Submit

Each of the eight sections contains a number of pages with a series of questions for you to complete. These are accompanied by a ‘Help Text’ panel that provides guidance to help you with your answers. Further help is available in the Guide to Completing the SAQ. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available on the SAQ FAQ page.

It is very important that you follow the instructions and use the personal log in details contained in your SAQ email. It will take a short time for your application to be processed, therefore you will not receive an email from us immediately after submitting your UCAS application. We recommend that you check the inbox and ‘spam’/’junk’ folder of the email account you used in your UCAS application on a regular basis.

If you're unable to complete the SAQ online (e.g. because you don't have a valid email address or as a result of a disability), please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office as soon as possible (01223 333308 /

We will be contacting you by email at various stages of your application to the University of Cambridge. It is essential that our emails are not rejected by your email provider.

SAQ Contact

Cambridge Admissions Office
T 01223 333308