15 October: All standard undergraduate applications and those applying for Architecture, History of Art, Law, Medicine, Graduate Course in Medicine, Music, Philosophy, or Veterinary Medicine. Applications received after this date for subjects not stated above will be held over to the next admissions round in March.
If possible, complete an application by 15 October, as places for popular subjects may be filled.
Earlier deadlines apply to applicants wishing to be interviewed overseas. Please see the University of Cambridge website for details.
1 March: For many mature students returning to education, and especially those currently studying on a one year course, apply during our second admission round in March for some subjects (all courses except Architecture, History of Art, Law, Medicine, Graduate Course in Medicine, Music, Philosophy and Veterinary Medicine).
Why did you apply in March?
Starting off studying English and Drama at the University of Bristol, Marlie Haco unfortunately became ill during her first year and had to take some time off. When she was ready to return to full-time study, she started to have second thoughts. As she explains:
"When a house I was going to live in in Bristol fell through, it prompted me to re-evaluate. I didn’t love my course, most of my friends had moved on and it felt a rather retrograde step. I was at a crossroads."
Fortunately, Marlie's sister was doing a PhD at Cambridge and told her about the March admissions round.
"I thought Cambridge would be too traditional and stuck-in-the-past for me", says Marlie "but then I found Wolfson and I just thought, 'this is the perfect place'. I could be with other mature students, the English course would give me a thorough grounding in literature whilst allowing me to experiment with different ideas, and I’d be able to be involved with the fantastic theatre scene in Cambridge. So coming here has literally transformed my life. And I get to see a lot more of my sister!"
Paul Matthews spent 10 years as a football coach, a job he enjoyed but didn't find intellectually stimulating nor well paid. But when he looked at other employment options, his lack of a degree was holding him back.
"I felt in this landscape where everybody has a degree, I was really limiting myself. I had an interest in psychology, so I took steps to explore what I could do that would benefit me in my career," says Paul.
Paul moved back home in Torquay and took an Access course, but as it started in September he wasn't ready to apply in the November round. He took time to get settled and then applied in March.
"I booked a couple of days in Cambridge to get a feel for it and looked at the other mature colleges. But when I came to Wolfson I just had a really good feel. Mike the Porter showed me around and I decided Wolfson was the College for me."
At the age of 29, Rachel Loughran was living in London and had a interesting and varied career as a performer, teacher and writer. But her focus started to shift increasingly to her writing work and she considered doing a diploma course in Journalism. Then she wondered if a university degree wouldn't be a better option.
"It did occur to me at some point that I'm sure there's going to be an HR box to tick that asks, Do you have a degree?'", she says. "I had always been strong academically and I felt there was a void —I wanted to get to reach the highest level that I could."
Rachel enrolled in a three-month continuing education course at Oxford, but she was drawn to Wolfson's English course because of her interest in Irish literature and modernism. She spoke with Wolfson Admissions Tutor Michael Hrebniak.
"The reception I received from Michael was so encouraging. It was really helpful and constructive. I felt this is the kind of supportive learning environment I want to be in," she says. "It was a quick turnaround because I only really started thinking about applying in October, so I worked on my personal statement over Christmas and made it through during the March round."
Norfolk native Timothy Trayhurn went to college to become an electrician, thinking he would make a good living.
"I knew I wanted to do either mechanical or electrical engineering and when I got the college the queue for electrical was significantly shorter, so I went for that one," he says ruefully.
But work as an electrician proved to be less than stimulating for him. Timothy had always had a love of literature. He says, "The fact is that I wasn't happy in my job. I had to carve out time for the thing I really love, which is reading, rather than dedicate myself to it."
A slight from a former high school classmate who intimated that Timothy wasn't university material strengthened his resolve - and he was determined to go to the very best university he could. A friend told him about an Access course in Norwich and then he started browsing student forums on the internet to find out what his options were.
"I was told that the student advisor at King's was really friendly and helpful, so I emailed her and told her my situation. She recommended applying to Wolfson in the March round, so I contacted the Admissions tutors at Wolfson and they were also very helpful and friendly."
If your application is unsuccessful at Wolfson, but we consider it strong enough for re-assessment, we will make it available to the other mature Colleges for consideration (Lucy Cavendish, Hughes Hall and St Edmund’s).
Applications will be considered once the application deadline has passed. We do not operate rolling admissions for any undergraduate course.