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In our view 18+ is the most appropriate age for students to start university, though in practice we usually admit a handful of 17-year-olds each year, and these people do well academically and personally. We consider that students below the age of 16 are too young to properly to benefit from the experience of being a Cambridge undergraduate. For legal reasons, they cannot live independently in College and therefore miss out on critical aspects of student life and personal growth. We would only consider admitting a 16 year old if we felt that they were mature enough (both personally and intellectually) to do well in Cambridge.
Please note that Medical students must be at least 18 years old by the start of Lent term in their first year.