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Welcome to Apply to Cambridge
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Welcome to the Cambridge University Alternative Prospectus. Everything you are about to read has been written by current students at the University, and is designed to give you information about what it's like to be a student at Cambridge. From the social life to student welfare, the subjects to the Colleges, this prospectus aims to give you honest information from a student perspective. We're not trying to 'sell' Cambridge University, but we do want to make sure that you can make an informed decision as to whether it's for you.
Unfortunately, Cambridge is surrounded by many myths and stereotypes, often perpetuated by the media. Hopefully, as you flick through the pages of this prospectus and read the student profiles, you'll start to realise that they are no longer true, and that Cambridge is made up of a mix of people from all sorts of backgrounds. Where you've come from, what your parents do for a living, the type of school you went to: these things cease to be important. It's not all work, work, work, either. Reading the Student Life pages, you'll see the range of social activities on offer: from the nightlife to the societies, the sports to the music, Cambridge is full of opportunities to enjoy yourself.
Applying to university is, for many, a complicated process, and applying to Cambridge is no different. This prospectus is designed to be used alongside the official University prospectus, giving you a different type of information to guide you through the decision making process. In Choosing a Subject, current students talk about how they made their choices, before we profile each subject from a current student's view. It's important to remember, though, that they are the opinions of an individual, and that people's experiences are likely to differ and some course details might change from year to year. It's always a good idea to look at the information provided by the University, and the web addresses are included on each subject page.
The collegiate system is something special to Oxbridge, and something that can often be an unnecessary source of worry and confusion. In Choosing a College, we take you through what the College system is all about, and how to start thinking about which College to pick. At the end of the day, everyone loves the College they end up at: as students guide you through their own experiences of their College, you'll soon start to realise that every College and subject is 'the best'.
We hope that this prospectus will give you an impression of what it's like to be a student here, but the best way to get a feel for Cambridge is to visit for yourself. On top of the University and College open days, the Students' Union runs their own set of events. For more information about these schemes, or to ask any questions about applying and studying at Cambridge University, have a look around this website, or contact the Students' Union Access Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your reading and good luck with your university applications!