1. We are currently the only women's college in Europe for students aged twenty-one and over
Lucy Cavendish is a unique part of one of the world's greatest universities, the University of Cambridge. From 2021, we will become mixed and will accept applications from men and women aged 18/19 years old and over. Click here to find out more about upcoming changes to our admissions policy.
2. We are subject-leading
We take applicants for all the courses on offer at the University of Cambridge, and our research students work at the cutting edge of everything from linguistics to psychology. At undergraduate level, we are particularly strong in medicine and veterinary medicine, English and the social sciences, including law.
3. We are as radical now as we were in the 1960s
The College was founded in 1965 to increase the opportunities available for women to work and study at the highest level. We remain committed to that mission today.
4. We help women fulfil their potential and their aspirations
Call centre supervisor turned lawyer. Banker turned medievalist. Keyboardist turned physician. We have contributed to the success of some of the most talented, motivated and interesting women around.
5. Our student body is truly international
Our three hundred and seventy undergraduates and postgraduates come from six continents and sixty-one countries. We play host to many visiting students too.
6. We celebrate creativity and achievements
We run an annual fiction prize for unpublished writers, conferences and festivals dedicated to women in the arts, and a range of events showcasing research by our postgraduates.
7. We welcome students whatever their background
Each year, at least a third of our first time undergraduates come with Access Diplomas and comparable qualifications, rather than A-levels. A similar proportion are eligible for the Cambridge Bursary.
8. We show it's never too late to learn something new
The majority of our students are in their twenties, but we also regularly accept women in their thirties, forties, and beyond.
9. We are a college for life
We are in touch with over three thousand alumnae, many of whom are trailblazers in their fields. Our honorary fellows include Judi Dench, Edwina Dunn and Sandi Toksvig; the College President, Professor Madeleine Atkins held senior roles at the Universities of Newcastle and Coventry before joining the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as its Chief Executive.
10. Our facilities are one of the best kept secrets in town
The College Library provides more space, per undergraduate, than any other in Cambridge. Our beautiful gardens are fully open to students and staff alike: there are no 'keep off the grass' signs at Lucy Cavendish.