Cambridge University

A School with a Difference

The University of Cambridge was founded 1209, making it the third oldest continually operating university in the world (after the University of Bologna in Italy and fellow English University of Oxford).

The University was founded by academics who left the University of Oxford due to a dispute with townsfolk there. It was given a royal charter by King Henry III in 1231.

The University of Cambridge currently consists of 31 separate colleges, and has a total of close to 25,000 students. The campus covers a total of 1,520 acres.

The number of famous alumni from Cambridge would fit a small book, but among those who were educated here were Charles Darwin, Francis Bacon, Oliver Cromwell, John Milton, Jawaharlal Nehru, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keyes, and Bertrand Russell, as well as 13 former British prime ministers, and three signers of the American Declaration of Independence.

There are tours of the campus available to members of the general public interested un soaking up the history and tradition of the venerable school. For more information, click here.

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