Oxford vs Cambridge - UK Universities Insights
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Oxford vs Cambridge - UK Universities Insights

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  • Written by UnivAdmitHelp
  • Category: Insights & Information
  • Published on 03 Mar 2023

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge are undoubtedly two of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the world. Both of these universities have a long and rich history, and are located in beautiful and historic cities in England.


Location and History

Both Oxford and Cambridge have a long and rich history, dating back to the 12th century. Oxford was founded in 1096 when scholars from France and England gathered to study and share knowledge. Cambridge was founded slightly later, in 1209, by a group of scholars who left Oxford after a dispute with the town's residents.

Both universities have played a significant role in the development of British and world history. They have produced many famous graduates, including politicians, writers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Also, key role in the scientific revolution of the 17th century, with Cambridge in particular being the birthplace of many scientific discoveries and inventions.

Oxford University is made up of 44 individual colleges, as well as a number of academic departments and research centres. These are self-governing and has its own unique history and traditions. Whereas Cambridge University is made up of 31 individual colleges and autonomous similar to Oxford.


Academic Strengths

In terms of academic strengths, Oxford is considered to have an edge in the humanities and social sciences. However, for those interested in pursuing science, it is important to note that they must select a specific subject to study, as there are no options for flexible science degrees. That being said, students have the opportunity to pursue a joint degree in certain areas. Notably, the university is currently ranked as the top institution in the world for English Language, Literature, Geography, History, and Modern Languages.

Cambridge has a renowned reputation for its natural sciences programs, with a particular emphasis on this field. Students have the opportunity to pursue a flexible natural science degree, enabling them to combine biological and physical sciences according to their preferences. In contrast to Oxford, Cambridge also offers undergraduate studies in education. Currently, the university holds the top spot in the world rankings for History, Mathematics, and Archaeology.







Oxford city in South East England, about 60 miles northwest of London. The city has a population of around 150,000.

Cambridge city, which is situated in the east of England, about 50 miles north of London.  Small city, with a population of around 130,000.

QS Ranking 2023



Total Number of Students



International Students





£26,770 - £37,510 per year for International (except medicine)

£22,227 - £33,825 per year for International (except medicine)

International Acceptance Rate



SAT Score



ACT Score



AP Courses

5 on at least three different exams

5 on at least five different exams

IB Scores



AS/A Levels



Notable      Alumni

J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman

Issac Newton, Charles Darwin


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Admission Process for Oxford and Cambridge (Same for both the Colleges)

UCAS Application

·       Fill out Personal Details, Educational Qualifications

·       Details about the Course and College

·       Personal Statement

·       References

*15th October every year is the deadline for Oxbridge which means you submit your application along with


In addition to the UCAS application, most courses at Oxford and Cambridge require candidates to take admissions tests. The type and format of the test will vary depending on the course, but may include subject-specific tests, critical thinking tests, and general aptitude tests.


Candidates who meet minimum requirement will be invited to an interview. The interview may involve a one-on-one conversation with a faculty member, a group discussion with other candidates, or a combination of both.

Offer and Acceptance

After the interview, the admissions committee will make a decision on whether to offer you a place in the course and college. If you receive an offer, it will include any conditions that you need to meet, such as achieving certain grades in your final exams. Once you have met these conditions, you will need to formally accept the offer through UCAS, and may be required to pay a deposit to secure your place.

The application process for undergraduate studies at Oxford and Cambridge universities is highly competitive and challenging, but also rewarding for those who are successful.


Few Interesting Points

  • In Oxford there are 400 clubs and societies whereas Cambridge has 700 odd student societies which make them very rich culture and traditions.
  • OUP(Oxford University Press) is the largest university press in the world and has offices in more than 50 countries. The first book from OUP was printed in 1478.
  • University of Cambridge celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2009. It was founded in 1209 (by a group of scholars fleeing Oxford), making it the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university.
  • Cambridge is the cycling capital of the UK, with around 55% of residents making a journey by bike at least once per week.
  • The largest and most prosperous technology cluster in Europe is located in Cambridge, where approximately 5,000 science and technology companies operate.

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