Lucy Cavendish bucks trend for mature student applications

2 February 2017

UCAS figures released today show that applications to University from mature students are down across the UK. Numbers were down 9% among 19-year-olds and down 23% among 25-year-olds. Read an article on the BBC website here.

We are delighted to report that we have bucked the trend at Lucy Cavendish College, and applications so far for 2017 entry are up by almost a third. This figure is expected to grow further, as Lucy Cavendish accepts applications to Cambridge for some subjects through UCAS in a second round, with the deadline of 1 March 2017 for entry in October 2017.

Admissions Tutor Victoria Harvey said:

“Returning to education after a break is a big risk for mature students, so they do a lot of research into different courses and Colleges. They want reassurance that they will be more employable as a result of their studies, and The University of Cambridge is attractive because its graduates are some of the most employable in the UK*. At Lucy Cavendish College, our applications from mature students are increasing (up by nearly a third in 2017), bucking the national trend. This reflects the life-changing opportunities which we give our students. Our overall percentage of Firsts and 2:1s is soaring and our 2015 first years were amongst the strongest in the entire University."

* The recent QS World Rankings placed The University of Cambridge top in Western Europe on graduate employability, we came third on graduate prospects in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (after St George's, London, and Imperial College).


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About Lucy Cavendish
Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.

Contact information:
Kate Coghlan, Communications & Marketing Manager, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge –  01223 768426

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