Natural science application 2019-2022

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Dear Pembroke College, Cambridge,

May I ask you to provide information about Natural Sciences Tripos applicants during application cycles 2019/2020, 2020/2021, 2021/2022, please.

1.Total number of applicants.
2. Number of applicants that’s been offered a place.
3. Number of applicants that’s been put into the winter pool.
4. Median NSAA score of offer holders.
5.Percentage of applicants from independent schools.
6.Percentage of International Applicants.
For Natural sciences biological and Physical respectively, please. Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully,

Winnie Wang

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Please find attached the information relating to your recent FOI request.

Please note the following:

We have not provided data for 2021/22 as the round is in progress.

The information requested, insofar as it is held (noting that the current undergraduate applications cycle is ongoing), is exempt under section 36(2)(c) of the Act because its disclosure would be likely to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, in this case the integrity of the University’s applications and admissions process which form a fundamental part of its mission as an educational institution. (As the information requested is statistical in nature, the opinion of the qualified person did not need to be sought for this application of section 36.) The current undergraduate applications cycle is ongoing and applications are still being submitted and assessed. The University considers that the disclosure of detailed statistics about applications made within the current cycle would be likely to prejudice the notion of a fair and confidential admissions process whereby each applicant has the same information at their disposal and partial granular data is not disclosed to specific members of the public while the process is ongoing. As this is a qualified exemption, the University has considered whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The University considers that, while some people might have an understandable private interest in these statistics, there is no genuine public interest in them when set against the extensive statistical information available about previous admissions cycles published at , coupled with the prevailing public interest in maintaining a level playing field in terms of the information available to all applicants.

The Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment changed format in 2020, which is why the column headers are different for those. Where N/A is shown, no applicants chose to answer that specific question.

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar
Pembroke College
01223 338112

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