Undergraduates

Churchill is an academic community devoted to excellence in learning, scholarship, and research. Every year, we admit as undergraduates the very best students from across the globe and provide them with a world-class education, challenging them to achieve their full potential.

Regularly ranking amongst the top Cambridge colleges in exam results and with over 30 Nobel Prize winners amongst our Fellowship, Churchill has the very strongest intellectual reputation.

The College’s founders emphasised the study of science and technology. However, they recognised the advantages of a diverse academic community too. Consequently, Churchill offers most of Cambridge’s undergraduate courses. Whilst we retain a focus on science subjects, we are a large college, and students in the arts and humanities are as numerous here as they are in many other Cambridge colleges.

In addition to providing world-class teaching and academic support, we help students reach their full potential by providing an environment in which they can focus on their studies without unnecessary interruption or worry. Our large campus enables us to offer unrivalled accommodation, dining, sporting, and social facilities, while an active student body and calendar of college events afford social and academic opportunities to meet new people and make lasting friendships.

We take a careful, holistic approach to admissions and actively encourage applications from people from a great diversity of backgrounds.

If you are among the very ablest and highest-achieving students in your school or college, you are likely to be a serious candidate, and we strongly urge you to consider applying.

Our Community

We’re often asked about the backgrounds and profiles of our undergraduates, so here are some recent key data.

Entry Year202220212020
GenderFemale49%47%50%
Male51%53%50%
Fee StatusHome75%80%74%
Overseas25%20%26%
Home School TypeMaintained75%80%77%
Non-maintained25%20%23%
Home Contextual DataFree school meals10%8%6%
IMD Q1&225%15%17%
OAC201125%20%21%
POLAR4 Q1&214%13%16%

These percentages are for the undergraduates we admitted in the October of each given year, correct as of the end of the preceding August (when the previous UCAS cycle formally ends). Gender and fee status are given as percentages of total entrants. School type and contextual data are given as percentages of entrants with home fee status.

Inquirers are regularly interested too in how many students apply and are admitted annually, both to each course we offer and to the College overall. As a rule of thumb, if Churchill offers entry to a degree then we’d ideally wish to admit at least one undergraduate to it per year (though this isn’t always possible, especially in small subjects). If you’d like to know more, there’s an interactive graph generator which shows these and other data on the University’s Application Statistics webpage. To be clear, knowing these data doesn’t confer any advantage in the admissions process, for the reasons explained on that page, namely the University’s pooling system of applicant moderation.

 

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Churchill wants to receive applications from academically brilliant students, irrespective of the background they come from. We work closely with schools and colleges to reach out to such applicants and ensure they get the best possible information about what we offer and our admissions process.

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