King’s is looking forward to welcoming our Freshers next weekend. The undergraduate students joining the King’s community represent some impressive achievements, not least as they have faced significant disruption as a result of Covid, and uncertainty this summer with the decision to revert to pre-Covid approaches to A-level grading.
The class of 2023 cohort is diverse. Students from the state-maintained sector make up 87% of UK undergraduates admitted this year, with 8% eligible for free school meals. Three incoming students come from the the August Reconsideration Pool; these are students from less advantaged backgrounds who are likely to have narrowly missed out on an offer in January but who then went on to achieve high grades at A-level, demonstrating their potential for Cambridge.
In total, around 29% of UK-schooled applicants who will be joining King’s come from widening participation backgrounds. King’s works to support some of these students during their A-levels, between confirmation of their place and matriculation, and throughout their degrees.
Over the past year a number of offer-holders have received tuition to help them meet their grades; and in addition a small number of widening participation entrants were invited to attend the College’s two-week Bridging Programme in the summer which helps students prepare for life and study at Cambridge. The King’s Student Access and Support Initiative (SASI), launched in 2018 and funded by alumni, enables support for less advantaged students in these and other significant ways.
King’s Admissions Tutor Dr Zoe Adams said:
All our new entrants should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. The staff and Fellows at King’s are greatly looking forward to welcoming them and working with them, and seeing them flourish here. We wish them all the very best of luck!