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Facts about Oxford & Cambridge

About Oxford

  • The University of Oxford is located in the City of Oxford, about 60 miles (90 km) northwest of London. It takes about an hour and a half to get from Oxford to London by train, motor coach or car.
  • Oxford has about 21,000 students, 11,723 undergraduates and 9,621 postgraduates. These students are spread throughout 38 colleges and six permanent private halls.
  • Oxford’s first college, University College, was founded by William Durham in 1249. There is evidence of scholars gathering in Oxford in 1190.
  • Oxford’s most recently founded college is Kellogg College, founded in 1990.
  • The largest college is Christ Church with 681 students. The smallest is Corpus Christi College with about 370 students.
  • In general, Oxford colleges are smaller than Cambridge colleges. But Oxford has a greater number of colleges than Cambridge.
  • Oxford alumni include a large number of the world’s greatest scientists, mathematicians, artists, musicians, writers and philosophers. The list includes: John Locke, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Samuel Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, Aldous Huxley, Cecil Day-Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Michael Palin, Hugh Grant, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Donne, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, C.S. Lewis, Dudley Moore, Kate Beckinsale, and Terry Jones.

 

About Cambridge

  • The University of Cambridge is located in the City of Cambridge, about 71 Km (50 miles) north of London. It takes about an hour and a half to get from Cambridge to London by train, motor coach or car.
  • Cambridge has about 18,500 students, 12,000 undergraduates and 6,500 postgraduates. These students are spread throughout 31 colleges.
  • Cambridge’s first college, Peterhouse, was founded in 1284 by Hugh Balsham, Bishop of Ely. Today Peterhouse is the smallest college in the University, with about 430 students.
  • The most recently founded college is Robinson College, founded in 1977.
  • The largest college is Trinity College with about 700 undergraduates, 430 graduates, and 170 fellows (faculty).
  • Cambridge has been home to 65 Nobel Prize winners. This is the largest number of any university in the world.
  • Cambridge alumni include a large number of the world’s greatest scientists, mathematicians, artists, musicians, writers and philosophers. The list includes: Sir Issac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon, Charles Darwin, Ernest Rutherford, Jane Goodall, Robert Oppenheimer, J.J. Thompson, John Maynard Keynes, Leo Strauss, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, Michael Crichton, Vladmir Nabokov, Nick Drake, John Rutter, E.M. Forster, Lord Byron, Francis Crick and James Watson.