King's College Cambridge, from the Backs.


The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209. Cambridge is the fourth-oldest university in the world.


Hinc lucem et pocula sacra

(From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge).


Undergraduates: 12,940

Postgraduates: 11,330

Total students: 24,270 (2020-2021 figures)


12,437 members of staff employed in academic, academic-related, contract research, technical and administrative roles.


As of May 2022, Cambridge had more than 315,000 living alumni, with significant numbers in the UK, the USA, Germany, Canada, Australia, the People's Republic of China, France, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, India, Switzerland and Italy.


The University is made up of 31 constituent Colleges.


20,426 people applied for around 4,000 undergraduate places in 2020. Over 70% of our UK applicants came from state schools.


Chancellor: The Lord Sainsbury of Turville

Vice-Chancellor: Professor Deborah Prentice​​


Among our alumni and affiliates we have 121 Nobel Prize Laureates, 47 Heads of State, 210 Olympic medallists.

Graduate employment

90% of leavers who responded to the Graduate Outcomes Survey were in work or further study within 15 months of graduating.

A global University

Cambridge is a globally diverse institution. Our students come from more than 130 different countries.

Our researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide. The University has established partnerships in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. Find out more about our global partnerships


The University of Cambridge sits at the heart of one of the world’s largest technology clusters. The Cambridge cluster is home to 5,300 knowledge-intensive companies. It is the birthplace of 23 businesses valued at more than $1 billion (£800 million).

Cambridge promotes the interface between academia and business, and has a global reputation for innovation.

More facts and figures

Explore our overview of operations of the University of Cambridge