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The University of Cambridge and Colleges of Cambridge are carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and we'd like to reassure applicants and offer holders that we're working hard to make sure the admissions process runs smoothly and safely.

This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available, so please check here for up-to-date information.  We wish you, your peers, your schools and your families the very best during this difficult period.

Offers for 2021 Entry (or deferred entry in 2022)

The Cambridge Colleges will be communicating decisions to applicants (who applied in October 2020) from 25 January 2021. Please check your emails for updates (including your ‘spam’ and ‘junk’ folders). For more information on decision letters, please see our Decisions page.

You may have seen stories in the press recently which have not represented the University’s position fairly. We would like to reassure students that we will do our utmost to ensure that all who meet the terms of their offer are admitted to the University this year. In the unlikely event that we do not have enough places for all those who have met their offers, we will seek to deal with the matter by identifying students who are happy to transfer Colleges or defer their places.

Assessment of A Levels in 2021

We welcome the guidance provided regarding the assessment of A Levels in the UK in summer 2021, and look forward to receiving further detail of the form that teacher assessments will take. We hope that this will be forthcoming as soon as possible to give students, schools, higher education institutions and employers the certainty that they need. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been asking all applicants to inform us how their education has been disrupted so we’re able to take individual circumstances into account when we make our decisions. This is in keeping with our holistic admissions process. We will continue to do this, as we will continue to offer schools and students online educational support materials.

Outreach events and open days

All in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office will be moved online (or cancelled where online delivery is not possible) until at least May 2021. This position will be regularly reviewed and updates posted here as well as on the events section of our website. We hope to be able to welcome you to an event in Cambridge in the future. In the meantime:

  • We are pleased to announce we will be hosting the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences virtually in March 2021. Please see the Conferences page for further details and information on how to book.
  • The Sutton Trust Summer Schools will also be hosted virtually in 2021. Applications are now open and more information can be found on our Summer Schools pages.

Last updated: 2 February 2021