Apply to Downing

Downing welcomes talented and committed students, irrespective of their background, and this is reflected in the cultural diversity of our whole community. We are steadfastly opposed to discriminating in favour of any particular kind of applicant.

Admission is strictly on academic achievement and perceived potential. This does not just mean an ability to pass examinations but also a capacity to think, present arguments, communicate and work on your own and in groups.

Widening participation

A full-time School and College Liaison Officer was appointed in 2002 to encourage applications from schools and colleges with little or no history of sending students to Cambridge. We welcome undergraduate applications from state and independent schools and colleges, and undergraduate and graduate applications from UK, European and International students. You should visit the Discover Downing website to find out more about Downing College, our outreach and widening participation work. 

Further information

Downing College follows the advice given by the University to prospective applicants and applicants.  If you have questions specific to Downing College, please email the Admissions Officer, Kate Flint, at

Below you’ll find more details of how to apply to Downing.