At Sidney, we welcome applications from prospective mature students in all subjects.

If you'll be aged 21 or over by 1 October in the year in which you hope to come to Cambridge, and haven't already completed a higher education course, then you'll be applying as a mature student.

The University of Cambridge has around 450 mature undergraduates studying for their first degree, many of whom are in their 20s.

Sidney is very happy to receive applications from mature applicants, and our Admissions Team are always on hand to answer any queries you might have in relation to our entry requirements. 

Mature Colleges

All undergraduate students are a member of one of the 29 undergraduate Cambridge Colleges. All Cambridge Colleges admit mature students, but there are three that are exclusively for mature students aged 21 or over:

Mature students can apply to any of the undergraduate Colleges, though most choose one of these ‘mature’ Colleges, where they’ll be living with other students who also have a bit more life experience and aren’t straight out of school. Mature students who make an open application will be allocated to one of the mature Colleges.

Students who are applying to study for a second degree will be expected to pay higher tuition fees and a College Fee.

Discover more about applying to Cambridge as a mature student on the University website.