Six simple steps
If you want to apply to Cambridge, you do so through UCAS. However, at Cambridge the process starts earlier to allow time for all of the application information to be gathered and considered. This section guides you through the application process.
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! Check, also, that you meet the entrance requirements of the course you want to study.
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.
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 6.00pm (UK time) on 22 October 2017.
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 admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (if interviewed).
Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. That’s around 75 per cent of applicants each year.
We’ll advise you of our decision before the end of January.