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Cambridge 21+

Supporting UK mature students applying to do an undergraduate degree at Cambridge

Cambridge 21+ is a residential programme for prospective applicants to the University of Cambridge with Home fee status, who will be 21 or over when they start their first degree. It is run by the three mature colleges at Cambridge, Hughes Hall, Wolfson, and St. Edmund’s, and ran successfully in 2022. 2023 dates will be confirmed shortly.

The Virtual Programme

The Virtual Programme usually takes place in April and will be held via evening Zoom sessions. Last year, sessions included:

  • University explained
  • The value of a degree
  • Applying to university
  • Making a competitive application

These sessions are tailored to mature student applicants and provide an introduction to choosing a degree, the application process, fees and funding, welfare support, and how a collegiate university can benefit you as a mature student.

The Residential Programme

The Residential Programme is in-person and usually takes place in July. Participants are invited to stay for two nights at one of the mature colleges and take part in academic and social events. Last year, these included:

  • Tours of all three mature colleges
  • Individual advice on personal statements and application
  • Panel session with current students
  • Study skills sessions
  • Formal Hall dinner (a fun Cambridge tradition)
  • Punting on the river Cam
  • The chance to attend departmental visits as part of the University’s Undergraduate Open Day

Accommodation and food are provided by the colleges and free for participants. Support for travel costs is available for those who meet certain criteria. The residential programme is an opportunity to see if Cambridge is the right place for you and offers a bespoke way for you to engage with the University as a mature student applicant.

Our undergraduates join Hughes from across the UK and all around the world; with around 200 mature undergraduates forming part of a vibrant academic community including more than 700 postgraduates, and nearly 300 postdocs, senior members and fellows.

Who is eligible for Cambridge 21+?

Both programmes are open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Will be applying for their first undergraduate degree, or are considering applying for Cambridge’s Foundation Year in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Qualify for ‘Home fee status
  • Will be aged 21 or over on 1 October 2024

Please note that places for the residential element are limited and those undertaking the first stage of the programme are not guaranteed a place. Selection for the residential programme will be undertaken separately in May/June.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact our Outreach Officer at outreach@hughes.cam.ac.uk.