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Peterhouse Cambridge, Cambridge

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Peterhouse is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England. It is the oldest college of the university, having been founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely and granted its charter by King Edward I. Today, Peterhouse has 226 undergraduates, 86 full-time graduate students and 45 fellows. The modern name of Peterhouse does not include the word "college".Despite being one of the smallest colleges, it has one of the highest overall endowments, more than £250 million, including property in central London such as the Albany apartment complex in Piccadilly. Peterhouse is one of the most traditional colleges of Cambridge. It is one of the few that still seeks to insist that its members attend communal dinners, known as "Hall". Hall takes place in two sittings, with the second known as "Formal Hall", which consists of a three-course candlelit meal and which must be attended wearing gowns. At Formal Hall, the students rise as the fellows proceed in, a gong is rung, and two Latin graces are read.Academic performance tends to vary from year to year due to its very small student population; for example, Peterhouse came 25th in the Tompkins Table in 2007 but 7th in 2010 and 12th in 2014 (out of 29 colleges). In 2011, Peterhouse ranked first among all Oxbridge colleges for the proportion of matriculants arriving from state schools, at 74%.Alumni include scientific Nobel laureates Sir John Kendrew, Sir Aaron Klug, Archer Martin, Max Perutz, and Michael Levitt.
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  • This college was founded in 1284 and is the oldest in Cambridge. I attend a course here every year and it is one that I enjoy most. It is a small college by student numbers and has a small intimate fa...  read more »
  • We were deeply puzzled by Peterhouse - its a smaller college and entry is free but (perhaps because it IS free) it was absolutely seething with hordes of tourists and seemed to act as a they way to th...  read more »
  • Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. Founded in 1284 by the Bishop of Ely, it is the smallest college in terms of students and fellows and has beautiful, honeystone courtyards and lovel...  read more »
  • Charming old college. They also host the Adonian society. But hush, don't tell anyone!
  • Best college! But the first picture is actually a different college!
  • Awesome ancient college : the oldest in cambridge
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