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Statement on 2021 admissions

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What is more, 49 students have been offered places through Adjustment (the scheme which offers a place to talented widening participation students who apply but miss out on an offer and then go on to achieve high grades).

With some outstanding decisions yet to be made, it’s looking like the University will be welcoming just over 3,600 freshers in October. This compares to almost 3,900 last year (when we accepted a greater number of students due to a revision in A-level grades) and 3,528 in 2019 (a more representative year to make comparisons with).

The University will be welcoming another record number of state school students. The overall figure will be between 71 and 72% and is likely to be closer to 72% (up from 70.6% in 2020, which was itself a record).

We congratulate those students for their hard work during what has been another challenging year. The University, and Colleges, will be ready to offer extra support to any student who has had their studies disrupted due to the Covid pandemic.

Commenting on this year’s Admissions process, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Virgo, said:

"After another challenging year for students and teachers, we are pleased that Cambridge has been able to accept all offer holders who met the terms of their offers, without having to ask anyone to defer or move College, as well as another 49 who were made offers through Adjustment. At least 71% of our new students will have attended state schools, another increase on last year’s record, while more than a quarter are from the least advantaged backgrounds, including more than 230 who have declared themselves eligible for Free School Meals. We applaud the achievements of all our new students and look forward to welcoming them in Cambridge in October."

More students will now be eligible for support from our new Cambridge Bursary scheme, with enhanced provision for those on very low incomes. Details of the scheme can be found here.

The University is planning to host as much teaching in person this term as possible, as long as it is safe to do so. One of the strengths of a Cambridge education is the small group teaching and supervision we offer…this will continue.

The University of Cambridge is pleased to report that all students who met the conditions of their offer this year have been accepted. There has been no need for any deferrals or for any student to switch College to help accommodate numbers.

We applaud the achievements of all our new students
Prof Graham Virgo

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