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Undergraduate Admissions



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 1 May and Saturday 8 May 2021. Many Colleges also hold Open Days to coincide with these (see below**). You can also find out more about individual Colleges Open Days here.


Faculty Open Days: Saturday 1 May and Saturday 8 May 2021

Because of continued restrictions imposed by COVID-19 (coronavirus), these Open Days will be online only. There will be live sessions, 12:30-17:00, with current staff and students, including Q&A and STEP workshops, and new pre-recorded mathematical talks. 

Registration is now open for the live events, please click here for Saturday 8 May (booking for Saturday 1 May is now closed).

NEW  New content for 2021 Open Days:

  • New interactive session: "How to tackle a STEP question".
  • Interactive STEP workshops with 4 new STEP questions.
  • Extended live Q&As with students and staff about Admissions and the Course.

Please note: you need to register at the links above to attend.
Registration is separate for the Faculty's Open Days and the Colleges' Open Days (see below).

  Also new:

  • Two "Taster lectures" (Groups, and Variational Principles).
  • Two new mathematical talks.

The programme on 1 May will be repeated on 8 May, so you should register for one Open Day only. The 4 interactive STEP workshops will have a limit on numbers, ad you should indicate on the booking form whether you wish to join them. Recordings will be available to all after the events.

The programme for the Faculty Virtual Open Days is the same on both days and focusses on mathematics. 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 1 May and 8 May, and recordings will be made publicly available after that.  

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

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 for Mathematics:

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

University Open Days: Thursday 8 July and Friday 9 July 2021

During these 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.

Because of the advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 University Open Days were moved online. We offered:

  • A live Q&A session with current staff and students about the undergraduate Mathematics course and admissions.
  • Online mathematical talks, STEP workshops, presentations and Q&A sessions that were produced for the Virtual Mathematics Open Day held on 16 May 2020.
  • Access to the Mathematics 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, part of which is still available 

The new, virtual programme offered  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.

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.