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2020 Jesus cohort the most diverse in history

More than 4 in 5 students admitted to Jesus College in 2020 came from state schools and colleges, and one in three identified as BAME.

On 19 May, the University of Cambridge released its undergraduate admissions statistics for the 2020 admissions cycle. These show that 80.1% of the candidates who applied in 2019 and accepted an offer to study at Jesus College from October 2020 or 2021 are from a maintained school background. Of students who matriculated in October 2020, more than one in three described themselves as from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

In the current admissions cycle, we’ve continued to make more offers than ever before to students from areas of the country with low levels of participation in higher education. Approximately 21% of those who have received offers in the 2021 admissions cycle are from areas of the lowest progression to higher education (POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2), as opposed to 17.5% of successful applicants in the 2020 admissions cycle.

Dr Christopher Burlinson, one of the three Admissions Tutors at Jesus, said: "Jesus College takes its commitment to outreach and widening participation very seriously indeed. Even during the current pandemic, our Admissions team have continued working virtually with state schools and colleges from across the country.

"We are delighted to play such a strong part in the University's efforts to increase its number of students from backgrounds of educational and financial disadvantage."

- Dr Christopher Burlinson, Admissions Tutor

"We are committed to encouraging students from all backgrounds to apply to Jesus College. Our admissions process allows us to assess every student who applies to study here on the basis of their academic potential.

"We are proud to build on our recent excellent progress in widening participation, and are pleased to play such a strong part in the University's efforts to increase its number of students from backgrounds of educational and financial disadvantage.”

Jenny Jenyon, Admissions Coordinator, said: “We are delighted with the diversity of the group of students who arrived in October 2020, and as a team have strived to build on that even further with this year's admissions round.”

You can find out more information about Jesus College's outreach and widening participation work on our teachers and schools page.

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