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Colleges of the University of Cambridge

This is a list of the colleges within the University of Cambridge.

The colleges provide most of the accommodation for undergraduates and graduates at the University. At the undergraduate level they have responsibility for admitting students to the university and organising elements of their tuition, though lectures and examinations are organised by the faculties and departments of the central University.[1] For graduates, research is conducted virtually entirely centrally in the faculties, departments and other university-affiliated research centres, though the colleges provide a central social and intellectual hub for students.

They also provide funding, accommodation, or both, for some of the senior research posts in the university.[2] They are self-governed charities in their own right, with their own endowments and possessions. Until the mid-19th century, both Cambridge and Oxford comprised a group of colleges with a small central university administration, rather than universities in the common sense.

"Old" and "new" collegesEdit

The University of Cambridge has 31 colleges,[2] founded between the 13th and 20th centuries. No colleges were founded between 1596 (Sidney Sussex College) and 1800 (Downing College), which allows the colleges to be distinguished into two groups according to foundation date:

  • the 16 'old' colleges, founded between 1284 and 1596, and
  • the 15 'new' colleges, founded between 1800 and 1977.

The oldest college is Peterhouse, founded in 1284,[3] and the newest is Robinson, founded in 1977.[4] Homerton, which was first founded in the eighteenth century as a dissenting academy (and later teacher training college), attained full college status in 2010.

Restrictions on entryEdit

All 16 of the "old" colleges and 7 of the 15 "new" ones admit both male and female students as both undergraduates and postgraduates, without any age restrictions. Eight colleges restrict entry by sex, or by age of undergraduates, or admit only postgraduates:

No colleges are all-male, although most originally were. Darwin, founded in 1964, was the first mixed college, while in 1972 Churchill, Clare and King's colleges were the first previously all-male colleges to admit women. The last all-male college to become mixed was Magdalene, in 1988.[6] In 1973 Hughes Hall became the first all-female college to admit men, and Girton admitted men in 1976.

Lucy Cavendish also places restrictions on the admission of staff members, allowing only females to become fellows of the college.[7] The same is true of Newnham, but not Murray Edwards.

Architectural InfluenceEdit

Main article: Collegiate Gothic

The Cambridge and Oxford colleges have served as an architectural inspiration for Collegiate Gothic Architecture, used by a number of American universities including Princeton University and Washington University in St. Louis since the late nineteenth century.[8][9]

CollegesEdit

Key: U–undergraduates, P–postgraduates, Abb-Official abbreviation used within the University.[10]

Scarf colours[11] College Founded[12] Head U[13] P[13] Male %[13] Female %[13] Total[13] Endowment [14] Net Assets[14]
(Mostly 2018)
Assets per student

(Mostly 2014)

Website Abb Notes
  Christ's 1505 Dr Jane Stapleton, Master 440 258 58 42 698 £107,000,000 £196,757,000 £271,438 [15] CHR
  Churchill 1960 Professor Dame Athene Donald, Master 476 228 71 29 704 £34,273,000 £173,998,000 £247,156 [16] CHU
  Clare 1326 Anthony Grabiner, Baron Grabiner QC, Master 473 182 52 48 655 £125,500,000 £277,007,000 £422,911 [17] CL
  Clare Hall 1966 Professor David Ibbetson, President 0 155 47 53 155 £18,180,429 £38,504,565 £91,738 [18] CLH Graduate students only.
  Corpus Christi 1352 Professor Christopher Kelly, Master 266 201 60 40 467 £94,683,000 £233,030,000 £455,747 [19] CC
  Darwin 1964 Professor Mary Fowler, Master 0 710[20] 54 46 710 £22,775,664 £71,989,043 £101,393 [21] DAR Graduate students only.
  Downing 1800 Alan Bookbinder, Master 464 307 56 44 771 £48,400,000 £195,400,000 £253,437 [22] DOW
  Emmanuel 1584 Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master 470 280 51 49 750 £90,174,265 £276,129,510 £338,305 [23] EM
  Fitzwilliam 1869 (1966) Sally Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Master 386 469 61 39 855 £59,272,000 £144,993,000 £169,582 [24] F
  Girton 1869 Professor Susan J. Smith, Mistress 455 321 53 47 776 £49,229,000 £152,179,000 £186,148 [25] G Formerly women's only; became mixed in 1976
  Gonville and Caius 1348 Dr Pippa Rogerson, Master 591 195 60 40 786 £73,249,000 £337,917,000 £429,919 [26] CAI
  Homerton 1768 (1976) Professor Geoffrey Ward, Principal 564 554 37 63 1118 £145,981,706 £192,072,000 £171,799 [27] HO
  Hughes Hall 1885 (1949) Dr Anthony Freeling, President 60 500 61 39 736 £12,310,000[28] £43,727,997 £59,413 [29] HH Mature undergrad, and grad students only. Became mixed in 1973.
  Jesus 1496 Sonita Alleyne, Master 516 395 57 43 911 £203,565,936 £336,826,910 £369,733 [30] JE
  King's 1441 Professor Michael Proctor, Provost 394 187 57 43 648 £99,314,000 £363,018,000 £560,212 [31] K
  Lucy Cavendish 1965 Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins, President 110 110 0 100 380 £12,288,000 £43,945,000 £115,644 [32] LC Mature female undergrad, and female grad students only.
  Magdalene 1428 The Right Reverend Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Master
Professor Sir Christopher Greenwood, Master-elect
378 151 54 46 529 £60,090,000 £171,100,000 £323,440 [33] M
  Murray Edwards 1954 Dame Barbara Stocking, President 381 199 0 100 580 £36,297,000 £74,812,930 £128,987 [34] MUR Female only. Formerly New Hall.
  Newnham 1871 Professor Dame Carol M. Black, Principal 412 112 0 100 638 £57,011,185 £207,371,289 £325,033 [35] N Female students only.
  Pembroke 1347 Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, Master 442 155 53 47 597 £80,041,000 £184,480,000 £226,688 [36] PEM
  Peterhouse 1284 Bridget Kendall, Master 260 110 57 43 370 £326,980.000 £326,980,000 £883,729 [37] PET
  Queens' 1448 John Eatwell, Baron Eatwell, President
Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian, President-elect
524 492 57 43 1034 £51,222,000 £113,870,000 £110,125 [38] Q
  Robinson 1977 Professor David Yates, Warden 422 73 60 40 495 £21,090,000 £93,458,000 £165,883 [39] R
  St Catharine's 1473 Professor Sir Mark Welland, Master 462 159 52 48 621 £39,925,000 £116,584,000 £156,836 [40] CTH
  St Edmund's 1896 Catherine Arnold, Master 112 356 69 31 574 £17,181,000 £40,296,000 £70,202 [41] ED Mature undergrad, and grad students only.
  St John's 1511 Heather Hancock, Master-elect 588 243 59 41 831 £599,800,000 £818,000,000 £843,014 [42] JN
  Selwyn 1882 Roger Mosey, Master 377 249 55 45 626 £44,538,000 £116,267,000 £185,730 [43] SE
  Sidney Sussex 1596 Professor Richard Penty, Master 370 232 63 37 602 £27,943,000 £133,288,000 £221,408 [44] SID
  Trinity 1546 Professor Dame Sally Davies, Master 696 365 63 37 1061 £1,463,700,000 £1,474,875,000 £1,390,080 [45] T
  Trinity Hall 1350 The Reverend Jeremy Morris, Master 382 230 54 46 612 £66,747,000 £317,171,000 £518,253 [46] TH
  Wolfson 1965 Professor Jane Clarke, President 119 385 64 36 887 £24,468,000 £67,286,000 £75,857 [47] W Mature undergrad, and grad students only.
Totals 11,824 6,002 17,826 £3,188,164,215 £7,332,011,244 £318,565

There are also several theological colleges in Cambridge (for example Ridley Hall, Wesley House, Westcott House and Westminster College) that are affiliated with the university through the Cambridge Theological Federation. These colleges, while not officially part of the University of Cambridge, operate programmes that are either validated by or are taught on behalf either of the university or of Anglia Ruskin or Durham Universities.[48]

Timeline of the colleges in the order their students are presented for graduation, compared with some events in British history.

Heads of collegesEdit

Most colleges are led by a Master, even when the Master is female. However, there are some exceptions, listed below. Girton College has always had a Mistress, even though male candidates have been able to run for the office since 1976.

  • Mistress: Girton College
  • President: Clare Hall, Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish College, Murray Edwards College, Queens' College, Wolfson College
  • Principal: Homerton College, Newnham College
  • Provost: King's College
  • Warden: Robinson College

Also see List of current heads of University of Cambridge colleges.

Former collegesEdit

The above list does not include several former colleges that no longer exist. These include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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