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Cambridge Mathematics has four Undergraduate Open Days each year.

  • These days offer you the opportunity to get a feel for the place, talk to students and staff, participate in a Mathematics lecture, and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you.
  • If you cannot make an Open Day, or have missed them, the information you need to apply can be found in our admissions pages, or by emailing, or by contacting individual Colleges.

What our attendees say:

"It was excellent and I enjoyed every minute while I was there. The talks were engaging and very interesting and the interview session was very fun!"

"I thought the information offered, and the overall open day format, was truly inspirational. Many thanks for putting so much thought and energy into it, and to my mind, comprehensively addressing pretty much every aspect of the application process, and course curriculum. Fantastic!"

"That's a really lovely open day and I enjoyed it."

"Really great experience and very informative."

The next Open Days will take place on Saturday 25 April and Saturday 2 May 2020. Many Colleges also hold an Open Day during September. You can find out more about individual Colleges Open Days here.


University Open Days: Friday 3 July 2020

Because of the  current advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this event has also moved online. 

There will be a live Q&A session with current staff and students about the undergraduate Mathematics course and admissions on Friday 3 July 2020, 1pm - 1:45pm. 

Before the live Q&A session, you are invited to explore the available online mathematical talks, STEP workshops, presentations and Q&A sessions that are now available following the Virtual Mathematics Open Day held on 16 May

From Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July, you will also be able to access more information, videos, photos and testimonials about Mathematics by selecting our section on the Virtual Tour hosted centrally by the University. Full details about the Virtual Tour and about the University Open Days is available at the Cambridge Open Days page, where you should book your place on the live Q&A session

The new, virtual programme will offer you the opportunity to explore the University and Colleges virtually, reproducing some of the experience of in-person Open Days, when Faculties, Departments and Colleges are open to potential applicants and the University offers a packed programme of events, with talks on the application process, student support, finance and careers.

During in-person Open Days, the Faculty of Mathematics provides a dedicated stand in the central University site, and events in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, including

  • Mathematics talks for applicants,
  • information about Sixth Term Entrance Papers (STEP),
  • drop-in sessions with students and academic members of staff, for you to ask questions and find out more about the course, applications, and what it is really like to study Mathematics at Cambridge,
  • talks specifically for parents and supporters.

Information about University and College events is also available on the Cambridge Open Days pages.

Faculty Open Days: Saturday 16 May

Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Saturday 16 May: Virtual Mathematics Open Day

The Faculty of Mathematics will be offering a Virtual Open Day on Saturday 16 May from 12:30pm. There will be presentations for students on Admissions and on STEP, followed by Q&A sessions, a presentation for parents and supporters, also followed by a Q&A session, and short Mathematics lectures. Students will also have the opportunity to join smaller online STEP workshops if they wish.  All presentations,  Q&A sessions and workshops will be available live to registered participants on 16 May, and recordings will be made publicly available after that.  

Booking for this event has now closed. Watch this space for announcements about our Open Days in 2021.

In the meantime, you can explore our website, watch videos by some of our students and staff about the course and interesting maths, and find more about our free STEP Support Programme. Please note that some Colleges are also now offering Virtual Open Days, see list and links below.

These Open Days are organised by the Faculty and take place in the afternoon. To coincide with these, most Colleges hold Mathematics Open Days in the morning which cover wider aspects of undergraduate life as well as mathematics.

**The following Colleges have informed the Faculty that they are offering Virtual Open Days:

and more may be offering online alternatives. You should check with individual Colleges for the most up-to-date information about their events.**

The programme in the Faculty is essentially the same on both days and focusses on mathematics. It includes parallel sessions of short lectures for applicants intended to give you an idea of what it is like to study mathematics at a high level. In addition, the programme includes

  • drop-in sessions with students and academic members of staff,
  • interview practice with typical questions,
  • a variety of other mathematical activities,
  • a talk specifically for parents and supporters,
  • live streaming of the short mathematical lectures, for parents and supporters,
  • the opportunity to visit the Centre for Mathematical Sciences and the adjacent Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.


How To Get Here

The Centre of Mathematical Sciences (CMS) is accessible by train, bus, bike or car. If travelling by car you are strongly advised to use one of the five Park & Ride sites on the outskirts of Cambridge since parking in the city centre is non-trivial and there is no parking at the CMS (note that it is possible to walk to the CMS from the Madingley Road Park & Ride site in just over 20 minutes). Find directions and a map to the CMS here.

Overseas Students

If you live overseas, note that all colleges welcome individual inquiries and may be able to make specific arrangements to come at a different time to visit the College and meet with a Director of Studies or Admissions Tutor. You should also enquire with the British Council in your own country, who will have relevant information and may hold events for international students who wish to study at Cambridge. The Cambridge Admissions Office has information for international applicants, including information about overseas interviews.