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Winter Pool What is the Winter Pool he University of Cambridge receives over applications for around places

In order to ensure the best applicants receive offers of a place regardless of the Coll ege to which they have applied all Colleges participate in the Winter Pool The Winter Pool also known as the inter College Pool serves to ensure that Colleges a

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Winter Pool What is the Winter Pool? he University of Cambridge receives over 00 applications for around 3, 400 places . In order to ensure the best applicants receive offers of a place regardless of the Coll ege to which they have applied , all Colleges participate in the Winter Pool. The Winter Pool, also known as the inter College Pool, serves to ensure that Colleges are accepting applicants at comparable high levels of ability. As a resu lt, following admissions interviews in December there are three possible outcomes to your application: x You will be offered a place,

normally conditional on grades to be achieved at A L evel and/or other examinations that you are taking x Your application is unsuccessful x Your application is forwarded to the Winter Pool for consideration by other Colleges In a typical year, around 3,3 00 applicants are made offers from their preference College , and around a further 800 to 9 00 applicants are made an offer by a nother College through the Pool. What happens during the Winter Pool? During the Pool, which takes place over a three day period in early January, the application of each pooled applicant are available for

consultation by Admissions Tutors and Direc tors of Studies. Colleges seeking further applicants in your subject will have the opportunity to scrutinise your application and the option to re interview you or to offer you a place without further interview. Admissions Tutors also use the Pool to loo k at applicants from other Colleges before confirming all their offers. Therefore a small number of pooled applicants may receive an offer from the College that interviewed them in December. What do I need to do? There is nothing that you, your teachers/ advisers, or your parent/ guardians should be

doing during this time , and it is certainly not necessary or helpful to make direct contact with any College. If you receive information that a College cannot offer you a place and has pooled your application, i t is understandable that you may feel some initial disappointment. However, the fact that you have been pooled means that your application is still being considered. We understand that it is a difficult time, but the best thing you can do is to wait to be contacted by one of the Cambridge Colleges. Pool interviews If another College wishes to re interview you, they will contact you in

early January (probably by telephone or email ). Overleaf is the timetable of dates in connecti on with the Pool in Januar y 201 . Before these interviews, it is a good idea to try to do some research about the College that is going to re interview you. You can consult their website ( http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/ or FKHFNWKHLUHQWU\LQWKH8QLYHUVLW\V Undergra duate Prospectus . Information about preparing for interviews, which you may also find useful, can be found on the University website at

http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/interviews/ . You can also telephone the College Admissions Office for advice or, of course, ask questions at the interview itself. If the cost of travelling to Cambridge for a second interview would be problematic please advise your preference College.
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The outcome of the Pool If you have not heard from any College by the time the Pool interviews take place, the likelihood is that your application is not going to be taken further by another College. In this case, your application papers will be returned to the College which

handled your application in the first place and y ou will receive a letter from that College by the end of January (and, in due course, from UCAS) about the final outcome of your Cambridge application. It is important to realise that there may be many very good applicants in the Pool who do not get the o ffer of a Cambridge place. We are constrained both by numbers and also by the size of Colleges and University departments, and cannot take all those who have the ability to do well at the University. If you are successful in gaining a place through the P ool, you will be contacted as soon as

possible. the College they applied to (or were allocated to if you applied via the o pen route ). Applicants from the Po ol do equally well academically when compared with those who receive an offer from the College that initially considered their application. Pool timetable 201 January selected applicants invited, by telephone or email , to return to Cambridge for second interviews January onwards some offers are made to pooled applicants without further interview * January Pool interviews held in Cambridge (*there may be additional dates if required) 31 January pooled applicants who are not

called for further interview will hear about the final outcome of their Cambridge application from their original College 31 January decisions on pool interviews are communicated to applicants Some fac ts about the Winter Pool in 201 x und ergraduate Colleges pooled applicants x 3, 481 applications were pooled in total x 441 pooled applicants were invited for an additional interview x 1, 027 pooled applicants were made offers, of these: 836 received a direct offer without returnin g for Pool interviews 191 received offers following a Pool interview x 15 pooled applicants received offers from

the College that pooled them Produced by: Cambridge Admissions ffice ( September 201 ), Fitzwilliam House, 32 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QY Telephone: 01223 333 308 Fax: 01223 746868 Email: admissions@cam.ac.uk Website: www.study. cam.ac.uk