The application deadline for 2018 entry is the 15 October 2017, 6:00pm (UK time).
In order to apply to Cambridge for 2018 entry (or deferred entry in 2019) you must submit a UCAS application by 15 October 2017, 6.00pm (UK time).
There are earlier application deadlines for applicants wishing to be considered for interview overseas, and some mature students applying to one of the mature Colleges may be able to apply after this date.
Applications to UCAS are made online using the UCAS Apply web-based application system. Click 'Apply 2018' for application for 2018 entry or 2019 deferred entry to the University of Cambridge. Your school or college will be able to advise you about the process, but we’ve included some information below about personal statements and school/college references. If you've left school or college or are a resident abroad you should contact UCAS for more information.
Once you've submitted your UCAS application, you can check on its progress online through UCAS Track.
When your UCAS application has been received here in Cambridge:
- it will be acknowledged by the College you applied to (open applications are allocated to Colleges shortly after the 15 October UCAS deadline)
- you will be emailed a link and asked to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) you must regularly check both the inbox and ‘spam’/’junk’ folder of the email account you give in your UCAS application as you'll be contacted by the University and/or UCAS at various stages of your application
You need to submit another application in addition to your UCAS application if you're:
- attending a school/college/university outside the EU at the time of application
- living in a country outside the EU at the time of application
- applying for the Graduate Course in Medicine
- applying for an Organ Scholarship
If your education has been significantly disrupted or disadvantaged, it may be appropriate for your school/college referee (or your doctor or social worker) to complete and submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form by 15 October.
We're aware that you can now nominate an individual to act on your behalf when dealing with matters relating to your UCAS application. Please note that the University of Cambridge will not automatically liaise with this person. Should you wish to nominate someone to act on your behalf, please contact the College to which you have applied/been allocated, in order to discuss your particular circumstances.
As part of your UCAS application you’ll need to write a personal statement. Personal statements give you the chance to tell us about your subject interest(s), and the process of writing a personal statement can often help you to better understand your academic interests and intellectual motivations.
We advise you to follow the UCAS advice about what to include in your personal statement.
At Cambridge, all admissions decisions are based solely on academic criteria (ability and potential). Therefore, in your personal statement, we’d like you to:
• explain your reasons for wanting to study the subject at university
• demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to your chosen course
• express any particular interests within the ﬁeld
• outline how you’ve pursued your subject interest in their own time
This information is often used as a basis for discussion at interview.
The reference is helpful because it tells us about your abilities and potential. Admissions Tutors look for indications that your academic strengths are well suited both to the course and to the style of study at the University.
The reference is an important part of your application, and we expect that it will normally be provided by a teacher or tutor in your school/college who can speak authoritatively about your academic profile and suitability for admission to university. If you’re having difficulty securing a referee, please see the UCAS guidance. Please note that references should be provided to applicants free of charge. If you wish to apply to Cambridge and are finding it difficult to obtain a reference or are being asked to pay for one, please contact the College to which you wish to apply (or the Cambridge Admissions Office in the case of open applications) for further advice.
Information and guidance for teachers on references can be found on our teachers and parents page.