Cambridge Reports Marked Increase in Intake From State Schools in Latest Admissions Round

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The University of Cambridge has released preliminary application and admissions figures for the 2007/08 admissions cycle.

Hopefully these figures will encourage any able student from a state school or college background who’s thinking of applying to Cambridge this October to go for it. There’s only one certainty in the Cambridge admissions process: We can only consider you if you apply.

The University of Cambridge has released preliminary application and admissions figures for the 2007/08 admissions cycle.

They show that the proportion of Home students from state schools and colleges admitted in this cycle has risen to 59% – a four percentage point increase on last year’s 55% – and the highest proportion of maintained sector admissions since 1981.

Compared to the previous year, total applications to Cambridge were up from 14,105 to 14,504, an increase of 2.8%. Applications from the maintained sector (up 4.4%) contributed the majority of this increase.

The total number of Home students from state schools and colleges admitted was more than 200 higher than for 2006/07.

Dr Geoff Parks, Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges said:

“These figures are very encouraging – especially since the applications for this round would have been made prior to the introduction of our most recent measures aimed at removing potential barriers to applicants.

“We believe this is an example of Cambridge efforts over many years to raise the aspirations and attainment of younger children in state schools finally bearing fruit. We will continue to build on the good work done in our summer schools and outreach visits.

“Hopefully these figures will encourage any able student from a state school or college background who’s thinking of applying to Cambridge this October to go for it. There’s only one certainty in the Cambridge admissions process: We can only consider you if you apply.”

In the last year the University of Cambridge has redoubled its efforts to attract the best students regardless of background. It has abolished the separate Cambridge Application Form and associated fee, removed the requirement that every student must have a GCSE foreign language qualification and raised the thresholds at which students are eligible for full and partial Cambridge bursaries.

The University and Colleges spend more than £3 million a year on a wide range of widening-participation, aspiration-raising and subject-enrichment initiatives – including projects that are intended to benefit all universities not just Cambridge. In all, 100,000 pupils and 6,000 teachers took part in face-to-face activities run by the University and Colleges in 2006/07.

Notes to Editors :

i.    The deadline for applications to the University of Cambridge this year is October 15th.

ii.    With a handful of admissions decisions still outstanding the preliminary headline Cambridge applications and acceptances statistics are as follows. Equivalent figures for the 2006/07 admissions round are shown in brackets.

Applications to Cambridge by type of school/college

Maintained        6,487        (6,214)
Independent        4,069        (3,949)
Other and overseas    3,948        (3,942)
Totals            14,504    (14,105)

Home acceptances by type of UK school/college

Maintained            1,697    (1,490)
Independent            1,181    (1,215)
Other‡                293    (323)

Overseas acceptances    316    (362)

Total acceptances         3,487    (3,390)

Full details of the statistics for the 2007/08 admissions round will, as usual, be published in a special edition of the Reporter in the spring of 2009.

iii.    In 2008 a third of all UK undergraduates enrolling at Cambridge will receive some form of bursary support, as a result of a huge extension of the scheme, which made Cambridge the first University to match new Government grant arrangements. The University spent £2.5million on student bursaries in 2006/07.

For further information please contact: Lisa Costello, Communications Office, University of Cambridge 01223 339671 lisa.costello @ admin.cam.ac.uk

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