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Where to start

Applying to Cambridge is an exciting experience, but we understand that it can also be quite intense. On this page we have set out all information you need to guide you through the choices you need to make and the timeline that your application will follow.  All the information on this page is also available as a printable download at the bottom of the page. Good luck!

Step 1: Consider a course 

Your first step is to choose which subject you would like to study. At Fitz, you can study for any undergraduate course offered by the University - if you're also looking at other colleges, make sure that you check whether they offer your subject. You should take a look at the Faculty or Departmental pages as well as the individual subject pages here on our College website.

Step 2: Choose a college  

At Cambridge, as well as being a member of the University, you also become a member of a college. So, once you have decided on a course that you’d like to study, you then need to consider a college choice. We're very pleased that you've decided to take a look at Fitz! Spend some time on this website, do your research on what Life at Fitz is like, come to an Open day, or take a virtual tour. If you've still got questions, get in touch and we'll do our best to help. 

Step 3: Apply to Cambridge 

Once you've made your subject and college choice, then you're ready to make your application. Remember that Cambridge has an earlier application deadline to that of other UK universities. UCAS applications must be submitted online by the 15 October. In your UCAS application, as well as listing Cambridge as one of your options, you'll need to enter which College you would like to apply to. 

Shortly after submitting your UCAS application, you'll be asked via email to complete the online My Cambridge Application (MyCApp) form. In order to make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your MyCApp by the deadline set. 

For important dates and deadlines following your application to Cambridge, please click here.

What happens after I have applied?

Once we receive your application material, it will be reviewed by both administrative and academic staff. Following this review, a proportion of applications will be rejected. The remaining candidates will then be invited to interview. It is likely that you will be asked to submit written work and/or to undertake an admissions test, either before or during your interview. Interviews are held online, and there is more information below on how interviews are structured and how best to prepare. 

After interview you will receive email notification via UCAS whether you have been successful in your application to Fitzwilliam. If you have been 'pooled' (more information below), you will be contacted by the College who has selected you. If you now have an offer, we will contact you with information about the Offer Holders' Day. If you are unsuccessful, you will receive written feedback on your application.