Colleges of the University of Cambridge

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

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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 academic posts in the university, with the majority of Cambridge academics being a fellow of a college in addition to their Faculty/Departmental role. [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" colleges

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 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 entry

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 Influence

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]

List of Colleges

Reference for columns males, females, undergraduates, postgraduates, total is [10] . Abbreviation is an official abbreviation used within the University. [11]

College, with logo and scarf colours [12]
Founded [13]
Head
Undergraduates
Postgraduates
Males, %
Females, %
Total
Net Assets [14]
(Mostly 2018)
Assets per student
(Mostly 2014)
Website
Abbreviation
Notes
Christs shield.png Christ's
1505Dr Jane Stapleton, Master4402585842698£107,000,000£196,757,000£271,438 [15] CHR
Churchill College Crest.png Churchill
1960Professor Dame Athene Donald, Master4762287129704£34,273,000£173,998,000£247,156 [16] CHU
ClareCollegeCrest.svg Clare
1326 Anthony Grabiner, Baron Grabiner QC, Master4731825248655£125,500,000£277,007,000£422,911 [17] CL
Clarehall shield.png Clare Hall
1966Professor David Ibbetson, President01554753155£18,180,429£38,504,565£91,738 [18] CLHGraduate students only.
Corpus Shield.png Corpus Christi
1352Professor Christopher Kelly, Master2662016040467£94,683,000£233,030,000£455,747 [19] CC
Darwin College Arms.svg Darwin
1964Professor Mary Fowler, Master0710 [20] 5446710£22,775,664£71,989,043£101,393 [21] DARGraduate students only.
Downing Crest.svg Downing
1800 Alan Bookbinder, Master4643075644771£48,400,000£195,400,000£253,437 [22] DOW
Emmanuel College Crest.svg Emmanuel
1584Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master4702805149750£90,174,265£276,129,510£338,305 [23] EM
Fitzwilliam College shield.svg Fitzwilliam
1869 (1966) Sally Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Master3864696139855£59,272,000£144,993,000£169,582 [24] F
Arms of Girton College, Cambridge.svg Girton
1869Professor Susan J. Smith, Mistress4553215347776£49,229,000£152,179,000£186,148 [25] GFormerly women's only; became mixed in 1976
Gonville & Caius College Crest.svg Gonville and Caius
1348Dr Pippa Rogerson, Master5911956040786£73,249,000£337,917,000£429,919 [26] CAI
Homerton College Shield for print.png Homerton
1768 (1976)Professor Geoffrey Ward, Principal56455437631118£145,981,706£192,072,000£171,799 [27] HO
HughesHallShield.png Hughes Hall
1885 (1949)Dr Anthony Freeling, President605006139736£12,310,000 [28] £43,727,997£59,413 [29] HHMature undergrad, and grad students only. Became mixed in 1973.
Jesus College (Cambridge) shield.svg Jesus
1496 Sonita Alleyne, Master5163955743911£203,565,936£336,826,910£369,733 [30] JE
Kingscollegearms-alternative.svg King's
1441Professor Michael Proctor, Provost3941875743648£99,314,000£363,018,000£560,212 [31] K
Lucy cav shield.png Lucy Cavendish
1965Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins, President1101100100380£12,288,000£43,945,000£115,644 [32] LCMature female undergrad, and female grad students only.
Magdalene college shield.svg Magdalene
1428The Right Reverend Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Master
Professor Sir Christopher Greenwood, Master-elect
3781515446529£60,090,000£171,100,000£323,440 [33] M
MurrayEdwardsCollegeCrest.svg Murray Edwards
1954Dame Barbara Stocking, President3811990100580£36,297,000£74,812,930£128,987 [34] MURFemale only. Formerly New Hall.
Newnham crest.png Newnham
1871 Alison Rose, Principal4121120100638£57,011,185£207,371,289£325,033 [35] NFemale students only.
Pembroke College (Cambridge) shield.svg Pembroke
1347 Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, Master4421555347597£80,041,000£184,480,000£226,688 [36] PEM
Peterhouse shield.svg Peterhouse
1284 Bridget Kendall, Master2601105743370£16,526,000£326,980,000£883,729 [37] PET
Queens' College (Cambridge) shield.svg Queens'
1448 John Eatwell, Baron Eatwell, President
Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian, President-elect
52449257431034£51,222,000£113,870,000£110,125 [38] Q
Robinson College Crest.svg Robinson
1977Professor David Yates, Warden422736040495£21,090,000£93,458,000£165,883 [39] R
St Catharine's College Crest - flat.svg St Catharine's
1473Professor Sir Mark Welland, Master4621595248621£39,925,000£116,584,000£156,836 [40] CTH
St Edmund's College crest.png St Edmund's
1896 Catherine Arnold, Master1123566931574£17,181,000£40,296,000£70,202 [41] EDMature undergrad, and grad students only.
Johns shield.png St John's
1511 Heather Hancock, Master-elect5882435941831£599,800,000£818,000,000£843,014 [42] JN
Selwyn College shield.svg Selwyn
1882 Roger Mosey, Master3772495545626£44,538,000£116,267,000£185,730 [43] SE
Sidney Sussex College shield.svg Sidney Sussex
1596Professor Richard Penty, Master3702326337602£27,943,000£133,288,000£221,408 [44] SID
Trinity College (Cambridge) shield.svg Trinity
1546Professor Dame Sally Davies, Master69636563371061£1,463,700,000£1,474,875,000£1,390,080 [45] T
Trinity Hall Crest.png Trinity Hall
1350The Reverend Jeremy Morris, Master3822305446612£66,747,000£317,171,000£518,253 [46] TH
Wolfson College Crest.png Wolfson
1965Professor Jane Clarke, President1193856436887£24,468,000£67,286,000£75,857 [47] WMature undergrad, and grad students only.
Totals11,8246,00217,826£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]

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

Heads of colleges

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.

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

Former colleges

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

See also

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