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In our view, it's most appropriate for undergraduates to be 18 years or older when they start university, though in practice we annually tend to admit a handful of 17 year olds (who do really well, academically and personally).
We consider that students below the age of 16 are too young to benefit properly from the experience of being an undergraduate. For legal reasons, such students cannot live independently in College and therefore miss out on critical aspects of undergraduate life and personal growth. We would only consider admitting a 16 year old if we felt they were mature enough - personally and intellectually - to thrive here.
Note that Medical students must be at least 18 years old by the start of the second term of their first year.