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Welcome to the admissions pages of the Trinity College website

Here you should find all the information you need to make a well-informed choice about whether to apply to Trinity, and how to do so.

Where to begin?

Deciding upon a course and a college

To find out about the subjects we teach at Trinity, we recommend you look through the College prospectus and our online information about individual subjects.  We accept applicants to all subjects taught in the University of Cambridge, except for Education and Veterinary Medicine.

If you are thinking of applying, you might find it helpful to attend one of the College’s Open Days or residential visits held in spring and early summer. These provide an opportunity to learn more about the College and its admissions procedures, to meet some of our Directors of Studies and to discuss the content of University courses and the way in which the teaching system here works. Open Days and Residentials are popular and must be booked in advance.

If you do attend one of our events in Cambridge, you should take the opportunity to see several Colleges. It is important to remember that all Cambridge Colleges follow the same University courses, and lectures and practicals are the same for everyone studying a particular subject. Your College, however, is responsible for providing the individual tuition which is characteristic of the Cambridge system; and in Trinity’s case we also provide accommodation for you to live in for the duration of your stay at Cambridge.

Each year, Trinity admits around 200 students, usually about 90 in Arts and Humanities subjects and 110 in the Sciences. There are no fixed quotas for individual subjects except for Medical Sciences. Normally we receive four to five applications for each place, and you can see the numbers admitted each year on the individual subjects pages and the university application statistics page.  Our decision as to whether to accept your application is based solely on our judgement of your individual academic potential – that is, the extent to which you are likely to thrive intellectually within the teaching environment offered by the University of Cambridge and Trinity College.

You may also want to have a look at the information specifically about how interviews will be held on our interview page.

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Courses we offer

To find out about the subjects we teach at Trinity, we recommend you look through the College prospectus and the information about individual subjects.  We accept applicants to all the subjects taught in the University of Cambridge, except Education and Veterinary Medicine.

How to apply

To apply to any degree programme within the University of Cambridge, you need to submit an application to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Once submitted, your application will be considered by the Cambridge College that you list as your preferred choice.


The prospect of going to university can create concerns about whether you can afford to do so.  These pages take you through the information on costs of fees, accommodation and living expenses.  They also provide information on our bursaries, which are designed to ensure that going to university is possible for all.

College facilities and services

Information about college facilities for students such as Accommodation, Computing, Library and Society information.

All Undergraduate pages

Applying to Trinity

Arts Subjects Open Day


Essay Prizes and Competitions



Financial Support

Frequently Asked Questions About Entry Requirements

Glossary of Terms

Gould prize for essays in English Literature

Information for current applicants

Information for Offer Holders


Key Dates

Languages and Cultures Essay Prize

Linguistics Essay Prize

Mailing list for prospective applicants

Open Days

Order an Undergraduate Prospectus

Overseas Qualifications

Philosophy Essay Prize

Preferred A level Subject Combinations

R.A. Butler Politics Prize

Robert Walker Prize for Essays in Law

Science Subjects Open Day

Trinity Maintenance Grant

Virtual Open Days

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