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Applicants for 2023 entry (deferred entry in 2024)

If you've applied to Cambridge this year, you should now have heard back about the outcome of your application through the UCAS Hub

If you've received an offer, it will include a campus code for the College that has made you an offer and this may be different to the College you originally applied to. You can check the list of UCAS College campus codes on this page.

Whatever the outcome of your application, you will get an email with further information from the College you applied to or the College that has made you an offer. This will be sent on or after Thursday 26 January. Please read this email carefully.

After your application has been assessed there are two possible outcomes:

1) You're made an offer

This might be from the College you applied to, or were allocated to (for open applications), or from a different College as a result of your application being ‘pooled’ (see box below).

The offer may be unconditional or conditional:

  • If you've already gained the qualifications required, you may be made an unconditional offer (the University makes unconditional offers only to those who have already met the conditions for entry to their chosen course).
  • If you're still studying, an offer will be conditional and dependent on achieving certain grades in the qualifications you're taking.

Accepting your offer

If you're offered a place, you'll be informed through UCAS and by the College. You must reply, observing UCAS requirements and deadlines.

If you accept Cambridge 'firmly' you must meet the conditions of your offer by the deadline set by UCAS or the College that made you an offer. Upon accepting your offer you agree to the Terms of Admission.

If you subsequently decide not to take up your offer, please notify your College by 1 August at the latest; failure to do this may result in another student missing out on a place during the confirmation period in mid-August.

In a few cases, offer holders who haven't quite met the conditions of their original offer may still be offered a place, either at their original College or at another College following a small 'summer pool' (see below).

2) Your application is unsuccessful

With around six applications per place every year, we aren't able to make offers to students with good grade predictions. 

Undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges and all Colleges provide, on request, feedback about unsuccessful applicants who were shortlisted for interview.

If you've applied to Cambridge before and were unsuccessful, you can apply again. However, we recommend that you don't apply more than 3 times unless there have been significant changes to your academic profile or circumstances. In our experience, applications that have been unsuccessful multiple times are unlikely to be competitive in future rounds.

The pools

Winter Pool

The winter pool is designed to ensure that the best applicants who could not be accepted by their original College are offered places. Colleges would rather admit a strong applicant from the pool than a weaker applicant who applied directly/was allocated to them.

Although impressed by your application, your College may not have a place for you and so may pool your application for other Colleges to consider.

A few pooled applicants may be asked to attend another interview in early January. When all pooled applications have been reviewed, you may be offered a place by a different College. If no College can offer you a place, your original College will advise you of this decision by the end of January.

For 2022 entry, 750 pooled applicants were made an offer of a place by a different College from the one they applied/were allocated to.

For more information read our PDF icon Guide to the Winter Pool.

"Summer Pool"

A second smaller pool of offer holders who narrowly miss the conditions of their original offer and some widening participation applicants (see August Reconsideration Pool) takes place in August after examination results are released and places can be confirmed. This again helps to ensure that the best applicants secure places.

The Mature Spring Pool

A Mature Spring Pool also takes place as part of the Mature student March application round, following a similar procedure to the Winter Pool. If you are not offered a place by a different College, your original College will advise you of this decision by the end of April.

UCAS College campus codes

Code College
A Christ's College
B Churchill College
C Clare College
D Downing College
E Emmanuel College
F Fitzwilliam College
G Girton College
H Homerton College
I St Edmund's College
J Jesus College
K King's College
L Lucy Cavendish College
M Magdalene College
N Newnham College
O Murray Edwards College
P Pembroke College
Q Queens' College
R Robinson College
S St Catharine's College
T Trinity College
U Peterhouse
V Selwyn College
W Wolfson College
X St John's College
Y Gonville and Caius
Z Corpus Christi College
3 Sidney Sussex College
4 Trinity Hall
7 Hughes Hall
9 Open application